Lead Poisoning

Baltimore health department wasted $170,000 from lead paint fines on unused giveaways and travel, report finds

Baltimore health department wasted $170,000 from lead paint fines on unused giveaways and travel, report finds

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 records to 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...

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