CAA speaks out against accusations of wasting taxpayer's money

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency is speaking out against accusations of wasting the taxpayer's money.

Ohio State Auditors say the CAA wasted hundreds of thousands of the taxpayer's money through the federally funded home weatherization assistance program. The agency has been order to repay $630,000 in fund.

The CAA Board Chairman, Mark Lawson, says there were paper work errors but the program was not mismanaged.

"We've been doing this work in the community for 45 years and have never seen anything like this before," said Lawson. "So we're angry about that and we're going to vigorously defend ourselves."

Lawson also provided books including an independent audit of the agency through 2010. Lawson says those audits came up clean.

The CAA has 30 days to appeal and they plan to.

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