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Carson’s Office Purchases Broke Law, Government Auditors Say

May 17, 2019, 2:26 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 06: (AFP-OUT) U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson arr...
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 06: (AFP-OUT) U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson arrives at a Roosevelt Room event at the White House February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump announced that Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass will be the U.S. candidate for election as the next president of the World Bank. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government auditors say Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office’s executive dining room.

In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office says the agency failed to notify Congress before exceeding a $5,000 limit to furnish or make improvements to a presidential appointee’s office. The dining set cost more than $31,000 and the dishwasher cost nearly $9,000.

Carson told lawmakers last year that he was unaware of the pricey purchase and canceled it as soon as he learned about it in news reports. He also said he left furniture purchasing decisions to his wife.

Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island says Carson and his staff “showed a willful disregard for the appropriate use” of taxpayer dollars.

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Carson’s Office Purchases Broke Law, Government Auditors Say