According to the American Conservative Herald, Ben Carson revealed Lorena Loren, HUD director in Michigan that personally used the government funds. Apparently, she stole $336,000 of taxpayer funds and used them for her own shopping extravaganza.
It was reported that: “A high-ranking public housing official charged with providing government-subsidized homes to the poor stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the agency and used it to buy furniture, alcohol, clothes, makeup and other personal items. The crooked public official scammed the government for years undetected which may seem unbelievable though not when it comes to the agency she worked for, a bastion of corruption known as Housing and Urban Development (HUD).”
The statement continued: “[A]n executive director at one of those branches in Michigan gets busted for embezzling $336,000. Her name is Lorena Loren and for years she served as the executive director of the St. Clair Housing Commission, which administers a local Section 8 housing program in southeast Michigan. Section 8 is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. The program is administered locally by Public Housing Agencies (PHA) like the St. Clair Housing Commission so the cash comes from the feds though there appears to be no oversight. The idea is to subsidize housing costs, via vouchers, so the poor can live in privately owned, single-family homes, townhouses or apartments they otherwise couldn’t afford.”
This event was active all around the nation for decades. However, now it is the time to stop. “Clearly, this is part of a much broader epidemic at HUD. A Michigan-area newspaper editorial blasts the agency for failing to protect taxpayer dollars and low-income families that need help.”
Secretary Ben Carson announced good news for everyone, but the fraudsters. “Hopefully President Trump’s new HUD secretary, Ben Carson, will clean some house at the fraud-infested agency. We don’t’ need a newspaper editorial to tell us that ‘HUD clearly has a gap in its fiduciary responsibility.’”
Hopefully, the corruption at HUD will come to an end, given the honesty and integrity of Dr. Carson.