Authorities investigate after housing resignation

Former Michigan State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Scott Woosley. (Aug. 7, 2014)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating after the previous head of Michigan’s housing agency resigned over seeking reimbursement for expensive meals and travel.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general is looking into a complaint filed by Michigan Democrats about Scott Woosley.

Woosley stepped down in August in response to a state Democratic Party public records request that showed he stayed in pricey hotels and expensed large dinner bills. The complaint said Woosley also was administering a government grant to his private real estate investment company.

Sara Wurfel, a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, says officials “welcome the review.”

Woosley previously said he continued to share in profits of Labor-Management Fund Advisors while collecting a $135,000-a-year paycheck.

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