Baltimore Health Department Wasted $170K from Lead Paint Fines on Unused Giveaways and Travel.

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In the course of two years, the Baltimore Health Department wasted $170,000 that it raised by fining landlords for lead paint violations and charging attorneys for record use in lead lawsuits, an investigation by the city's inspector general found. The money-which amounted to half the funds spent in 2017 and 2018- was squandered on promotional goodies that went unused, excessive travel for department managers, and parties and gifts for staff, according to a summary of the inspector general's investigation released Wednesday. 

To read the full story check out the report by the Baltimore Sun.