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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Board members who oversee the Charlotte Housing Authority say they only recently learned about a 2008 audit that found problems with the nonprofit’s voucher program for low-income residents.

The Charlotte Observer reports that a litany of errors found by the independent study might have allowed criminals or those earning too much to qualify for public housing.

Meanwhile, administrators told the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development their program was nearly perfect.

A self-reported grade of 99 resulted in HUD classifying Charlotte as a high performer and awarding it Moving to Work status.

That designation exempted the authority from some housing rules while putting it first in line for federal dollars.

It’s unclear whether the problems were ever corrected. The board has ordered a new audit.

Credit: The Associated Press.