South Texas housing authority travel costs probed

Date Published: 
July 11, 2017
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Program Area(s): 
Public and Indian Housing

(SOurce: texasmonitor) Trips to Las Vegas and Denver, the rental of a beach house owned by a family member, and taxpayers footing the bill for duplicate travel costs were among the findings of a recent audit of the South Texas-based Weslaco Housing Authority.

The audit — conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — found that the housing authority paid its commissioners and employees for “ineligible, unreasonable, unnecessary, and unsupported travel costs.” HUD investigators also found that the authority’s employees were “intimidated” and did not question travelers’ costs...