MA Police Agencies Pay $200K In False Claims Case


A consortium of 49 local Massachusetts law enforcement agencies will pay the U.S. government $200,000 to settle allegations that the group made “false claims'' about how it used several hundred thousands of dollars in federal grants, the Boston Globe reports. The money was awarded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to help local police identify threats and prevent acts of violence at more than 500 public schools in the region. The Justice Department’s inspector general said the consortium “had not properly accounted for several hundred thousand dollars of grant funds.''

“With the Justice Department making significant grants to local law enforcement agencies, we will continue to ensure that all of the funds are spent only on the projects for which they were intended,'' said Tony West, an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil division.

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