$900K Given to Latino Org Undocumented, Review Says

Montgomery Co. examining invoices, expenses

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Montgomery County's inspector general said a Wheaton nonprofit agency and the county's Health and Human Services Department cannot account for more than $900,000 in government grants.

Inspector General Thomas Dagley wrote in a memo Wednesday that the county approved about 70 invoices to Centro Familia in 2007 and 2008 without verifying the "validity and appropriateness" of the payments.

Dagley said Centro Familia, which principally serves low-income Latino families, couldn't find records proving it completed the work described in the invoices.

Centro Familia's executive director Pilar Torres said her organization provided the services and documentation to HHS and Dagley's office.

HHS Director Uma Ahluwalia said the department will continue to examine its invoices and spending.

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