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House of Lies

An extensive four-part series by Debbie Cenziper, Susannah Nesmith and Tim Henderson of The Miami Herald has uncovered extensive corruption in the Miami-Dade Housing Agency. Their investigation uncovered a system which has operated like "an unchecked cash machine for developers and consultants and its own leaders and failed the families it was meant to serve." Such failings include millions being allocated for housing that was never built while developers kept the money. The agency also "diverted another $5 million money earmarked by state law to build homes for the poor to pay for a new office building complete with a $287,000 bronze sculpture of stacked teacups called Space Station that was shipped from Italy." Reaction to the series has been swift, as County Manager George Burgess has already fired a number of people at the Miami-Dade Housing Agency. Burgess commended the Miami Herald for their investigation saying, "'Our hat's off to you for laying it out there.'"

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