Dallas official suspended amid allegation of directing funds

DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas housing official accused of helping steer $825,000 in federal funds to a friend has been suspended.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the city has put Carl Wagner on paid leave pending an internal investigation into the allegations.

The moves come after a newspaper report saying that Wagner had a personal and business relationship with homebuilder Kenneth Williams. Williams was given city contracts to rebuild eight houses for low-income families in 2015. But a background check would’ve shown Williams had misstated his financial history and was barred from doing similar work in Fort Worth.

The City Council is reviewing the vetting process for contractors.

The newspaper could not reach Wagner for comment. Williams has said he did the best he could within the city’s budget.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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