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Feds Digging Into Emergency Housing Consortium/Grantee Fraud

Feds Digging Into Emergency Housing Consortium/Grantee Fraud

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Article from the San Jose Mercury News, October 2008. Details the whistleblower disclosures made by Evelynn Brown, HHS/ACF employee on fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and dangers to public health and safety.

As the result of whistleblower retaliation, the employee was allegedly fired in December 2008.
Article from the San Jose Mercury News, October 2008. Details the whistleblower disclosures made by Evelynn Brown, HHS/ACF employee on fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and dangers to public health and safety.

As the result of whistleblower retaliation, the employee was allegedly fired in December 2008.

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 What's more, although federal grantees are required to screen staff through fingerprinting and background checks, Brown said those safety measures were lacking.
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