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Richmond's public housing authority owes feds millions for mismanaged money

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The Richmond Redevelopment and Public Housing Authority (RRHA) will pay back millions to the federal government for mismanaging money.

A new federal audit blasts the RRHA for not only double billing the federal government, but also for charging unreasonable fees for maintenance work.

The agency has agreed to pay back the Department of Housing and Urban Development $6.1 million.  

The audit covers fiscal years 2012 through 2015 and blames the financial problems on RRHA's "lack of oversight and controls."

The issues fell under prior Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Goolsby’s term. She resigned and left the agency in January of 2015.

CEO TK Somanath said in a letter to auditors that the agency was "in the midst of an organizational reset".

"In recent years, a combination of reduced funding, operational difficulties and staff turnover has brought to light a number of organizational challenges. Please know the authority is addressing these challenges head on," Somanath said.

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