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August 05, 2015

2 Maryland Nonprofits Charged With Misuse of Federal Grant Money

An Energy Department watchdog found that C&O Conservation and Maryland Energy Conservation, two Maryland nonprofits, overcharged the federal government and misused grant money, The Washington Post reports. The audit found that some of the funds were used to pay for improvements to a director’s home and to cover personal credit-card charges.

Together, the groups collected $1.5 million to weatherize low-income housing, an amount that accounts for about 2 percent of the funds distributed to the state between 2009 and 2013. The misused funds could have supported the weatherization of 100 additional homes, the auditors estimated.