Baltimore, MD - Feb. 29, 2024  - The report exposes that a Baltimore City non-profit misused over $129,000 in ARPA funding. The organization in question is the Lazarus Rite Foundation, led by Christopher Ervin, contracted for Mayor Brandon Scott’s Clean Corp initiative. The funding was meant for city cleaning efforts, but was instead used for unrelated business expenses and projects. Inspector General Isabel Cumming found that the funds were also used for unapproved expenditures. Despite efforts to recoup the loss, Lazarus Rite claims inability to repay. The Department of Planning asserts the seriousness of the matter and reserves the right for further action.

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