Federal Eye: Government probing thousands of stimulus complaints

The Obama administration’s economic recovery program has triggered more than 1,700 fraud complaints since it launched last year, according
to a new report.

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and federal inspectors general are investigating
147 of those allegations and federal prosecutors have opened
investigations into 43 cases, the RAT Board said in its quarterly
report released Monday

Inspectors general are also conducting more than 400 audits and inspections of recipients of economic stimulus funding.

The ratio of complaints versus investigations launched is consistent with similar statistics at federal agencies, the report said. Though
details on the complaints and investigations are scarce, officials have
said they resemble typical complaints of waste, fraud, abuse and
mismanagement of federal funds.

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