Thursday, February 19, 2009

Missing: $900,000

Prepare to roll your eyes:
Montgomery County's [Maryland] Department of Health and Human Services can't account for more than $900,000 it paid to a child-care center for Latino immigrants founded by a local school board member, according to the county's inspector general.
The county approved 70 invoices to Centro Familia in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 without verifying the "validity and appropriateness" of the payments, Inspector General Thomas Dagley wrote in a memo to the County Council on Wednesday. . . .
Centro Familia was founded in 1998 by Nancy Navarro, who is now a county school board member, and Pilar Torres with a goal of responding “to a dire but invisible crisis” concerning Latino immigrant children's early education, according to the organization's Web site.
Navarro, who no longer works at Centro Familia, is running for a vacant County Council seat.
Just show up with some invoices, collect $900,000 from the taxpayers. "It's for the children." Si se puede!

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