West Palm ordered to pay HUD 641,559

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is asking city officials in West Palm Beach to pay $641,559 after failing to send the federal government detailed documents proving hundreds of thousands of dollars was spent on low incoming housing, according to a letter from HUD.

The money -- which the federal government said was not properly administered -- was funded by tax payers and was spent through the Redemptive Life Fellowship Church.

The federal government requested documents from the city a few months ago detailing where the money was spent related to the low income housing project.

Even though West Palm Beach officials sent documents, the federal government said they did not satisfy certain requirements.

"The city failed to submit supportive documentation regarding support allowable costs, procurement standards, record keeping, cost reasonableness and adherence to the conflict of interest provisions for this project," a letter from HUD stated.

City officials have pointed the finger at Redemptive Life Fellowship Church for the accounting problems, but also admitted they hadn't properly monitored the non-profit for the past few years.

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