July 15, 2011; Source: OA Online | The Community Council of Reeves County, which had served low income families in Pecos, Texas with weatherization and energy assistance, voted last week to relinquish all of its major contracts, setting into motion a plan to close the agency. The 45-year-old agency had been cited by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs after an audit conducted in April and May found that there had been $186,000 in disallowable expenditures. A report presented to the CCRC board last week revealed that documents were destroyed, an employee who was not eligible for leave pay was paid for three months, fraudulent expenses were listed on financial records, and questionable signatures were reflected on payroll checks. TDHCA will now receive unused contract money back and is looking at other groups that may be able to fulfill those contracts.—Ruth McCambridge
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