RHEE’S PALS AT ST. HOPE IN TROUBLE

The City Desk

Sacramento Bee – Federal agents investigating the use of taxpayer dollars by Kevin Johnson’s St. HOPE have turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, officials confirmed. A spokesman for the agency conducting the probe said he could not comment specifically on the case. But, any ” referral means that it’s our opinion that there is some truth to the initial allegations, backed up by our investigation of the matter,” said William O. Hillburg, spokesman for office of inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Since the inspector general’s office does not have prosecutorial authority, Hillburg said it depends on federal prosecutors to “decide whether it’s a criminal or civil matter – essentially whether they want to put someone in jail or decide to get the money back. They might also say they can’t handle it, because it doesn’t meet their threshold for prosecution.”

Federal agents were dispatched to Sacramento in April to examine Johnson’s volunteer program, Hood Corps. They investigated whether the nonprofit misused federal funds, required volunteers to attend church and train for a marathon on the federal dime or mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct. . .

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