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 Dr. Ben Carson 

At this point, Ben Carson is a national embarrassment. The scandals at the Department of Housing and Urban Development  are endless. Last month, he was accused in a lawsuit by Helen Foster of demoting her for not approving extravagant office renovations. Then, Marcus Smallwood, the department’s director of records, wrote an email to Carson and other top officials, which was shared with The Guardian and read, “Helen Foster is not the only person at HUD that has been persecuted in this witch-hunt under your watch… She is the only person who has been brave enough to stand on principle and put her career, reputation, and livelihood on the line. The rest of us have operated in fear.”

We also can’t forget nearly $200,00 in office renovations, accusations of his family being too involved at HUD, emails proving he has lied and reports of Carson using taxpayer money for private  planes. Now, The Guardian is reporting, Katrina Hubbard, an  executive assistant and one of the few Black people who worked at HUD, was fired for reporting possible corruption and “misuse of public funds.” Hubbard told The Guardian, “I reported information about fraud, waste and abuse, and as a result I was retaliated against.”

The Guardian reported Hubbard “became a civil servant at HUD in September last year and worked as executive assistant to Johnson Joy, Hud’s chief information officer.” In addition, ” she discovered that Accel Corporation, a contractor that supplies Joy’s office with staff, was being systematically overpaid. Some Accel subcontractors were falsely classed in higher pay grades, she said, while some billed for days and hours they had not worked. Naved Jafry, one Accel subcontractor, resigned from the department recently after the Guardian found he exaggerated his biography and had been repeatedly sued for fraud. Hubbard said she told Hud’s inspector general of her findings on 8 January this year.”

Hubbard claimed over two days, Joy and deputy chief information officer Kevin Cooke “held a pair of meetings that appeared on their schedules as ‘classified issue,’ according to screenshots taken by Hubbard. On the third day, Hubbard said, she received a memo telling her that she was being reassigned from her job. Less than a month later, she was fired.” She was allegedly fired because of performance issues but Katrina Hubbard insists there were no performance issues. Hubbard  filed a complaint to a federal whistleblower agency, which is now being investigated by the office of special counsel (OSC), an office that oversees federal workers’ employment rights.

How despicable that this is how Ben Carson and his team runs HUD. Too many lawsuits, overspending and being caught in lies. Why is this man still employed?

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Ben Carson’s Team Fired One Of The Few Black Women Who Worked At HUD was originally published on newsone.com

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5 thoughts on “Ben Carson’s Team Fired One Of The Few Black Women Who Worked At HUD

  1. Ted Gravely on said:

    If this is true, Ben has got to go. Forget the demographics, but if someone reports fraud, waste, and abuse – as a leader it is your responsibility to ensure it is properly investigated. Even if the accuser is wrong, unless it was done maliciously, you don’t fire them. You inform your workforce of the complaint and how you resolved it. This demonstrates transparency and you become a trusted leader. This is straight Tom Foolery to its highest. I’m rooting for Ben, and I would like to believe that he is asleep at the wheel. However, something tells me he might not be as “looped out” as we think. Can you imagine if he is let go? No one in their right mind will ever hire him again. He is toast and will be the butt of bad jokes and a sad footnote. Brother Ben, get it together.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    If they violated the whistleblower’s law, their a$$ is grass, oh wait, I forgot who is leading our government, guess she better start looking for new employment, she knew she didn’t have the complexion for the protection. Nope, no friends.

  3. suetatum1954gmailcom on said:

    This is exactly what I expected incompetence at it’s best. And also consider who appointed him. This country is becoming a joke to the world

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