Information on what investigation centers around not released

Last updated: July 10. 2014 6:48AM - 4078 Views
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LUMBERTON — An investigation of issues surrounding the Robeson County Housing Authority is now under way, the attorney for Robeson County confirmed Wednesday.

Patrick Pait said the county has initiated an investigation into concerns raised in a recent letter to Robeson officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pait declined to comment on what the federal agency’s concerns are.

“Some issues were brought to our attention,” Pait said. “All I will say at this time is that the investigation does not include missing money.”

While he did not say that the probe centered around issues involving the authority’s executive director, Ronald Oxendine, Pait did say Oxendine is currently taking some vacation time.

“The investigation is in the early stages at this time,” Pait said. “We are looking at, and asking questions about, HUD’s concerns so that we can educate everyone.”

A spokesman for HUD in Atlanta said late Wednesday afternoon that he is working with HUD’s North Carolina office to prepare a response to a number of questions raised by The Robesonian. He did not say when HUD’s response would be ready.

Pait said there has been no time frame placed on the county’s investigation or when any findings will be released to the public.

“But it will be done sooner than later,” the attorney stressed.

The Robeson County Housing Authority is responsible for 110 units at Morgan Britt Park in Lumberton; 40 units at Benton Court in Rowland; 100 units at Westgate Terrace in Red Springs; and 40 units at McColl Page Plaza in St. Pauls.

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