Federal authorities sue Utah officials for grant money fraud – JURIST – News

Federal authorities filed suit Friday against Utah and Utah officials for fraudulently using federal grant money. The US is suing Utah officials working in criminal justice, juvenile services, internet crimes investigations and public safety.

The federal government claims breach of contract and that Utah violated the False Claims Act. The US Attorney alleges that Utah officials falsely claimed grant money to supposedly create criminal justice jobs but instead used the grant to replace state funds for already existing jobs.

US Attorney John Huber explained the officials’ actions:

As applicants for and recipients of federal money, the [officials and Utah] were required
to expressly certify that they would and did use this money in accordance with federal grant
program requirements. Instead of properly using the grant money they received, Defendants misused it by replacing rather than supplementing state money. In particular, Defendants used federal money to pay salaries of existing State

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Germany’s finance official’s death linked to virus crisis

The state finance minister of Germany’s Hesse region, which includes Frankfurt, has been found dead. Authorities said he appears to have killed himself and the state’s governor suggested Sunday that he was in despair over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

The body of Thomas Schaefer, a 54-year-old member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, was found Saturday on railway tracks at Hochheim, near Frankfurt. 

Police and prosecutors said that factors including questioning of witnesses and their own observations at the scene led them to conclude that Schaefer killed himself.

Germany Politics Thomas Schäfer

April 24, 2019 Thomas Schäfer (CDU), Minister of Finance of Hesse in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP)


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State governor Volker Bouffier linked Schaefer’s death to the virus crisis on Sunday.

Bouffier said Schaefer was worried

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