Secretary Ben Carson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is proving to be more than just the man of integrity that we knew him to be. He is also turning out to be something of an investigator, rooting out corruption that has cost Americans enormous sums of money.
While his primary responsibility might not be forensic accounting and personally conducting audits, he is responsible for the integrity of his department. And he is doing an outstanding job.
On the heels of other revelations of corruption that went on prior to his arrival as head of HUD, Dr. Carson has exposed a state HUD director who has embezzled government funds for personal use. This would be Lorena Loren, HUD director in Michigan who is now accused of stealing $336,000 of taxpayer funds and using those funds to go on a personal shopping extravaganza.
“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).”
While all theft is rightly considered criminal, there is something especially despicable about stealing funds that are intended to help the poor. This is just what Judaical Watch has reported that has happened in a local branch of HUD.
“[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.”
While this has been going on nation-wide for decades, it’s about 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.”
The good news for everyone but the fraudsters is that Secretary Ben Carson is cleaning house.
“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.’”
Given his integrity, there is every reason to believe that corruption at HUD is on its way out with Dr. Carson in charge.