Taken for a Ride

Number 20916
Subject Nonprofits
Source Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.)
State WV
Year 2003
Publication Date Nov 7- Dec 28
Summary This story is about how non-profits sold clunker cars to welfare recipients while used-car dealers reaped millions. The non-profit Wheels-to-Work program managers set up exclusive deals with friends who sold used cars to the program. The state spent $10,700 per person, but bought cars that cost $2,300 on average, and twice as much as programs in other states. State officials didn't start to monitor the program until two years after it started, and overlooked suspected fraud and mismanagement.
Pages 33
Keywords car;nonprofit;welfare;welfare recipients;used-car dealers;West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources;Wheels-to-Work Program;Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia;CASE;Belcher's Auto Sales;Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program;National Association of Social Workers;AFL-CIO;Human Resources Development Foundation;Good News Mountaineer Garage;DHHR;Legislative Oversight commission on Workforce Investment
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