News or Noise: Did Ben Carson misspend American tax payers money?

March 08, 2018 07:54 AM

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently got new furniture in his government office. 

Online reports claim the agency that helps low income Americans find housing spent a whopping $31,000 on a dining set and billed the American tax payers. 


According to the report, the Department of Housing and Urban Development purchased the $31,000 dining room set just as the White House announced plans to slash HUD's programs for the homeless, elderly and poor.

The article also includes a claim by a staff member that says she was demoted for trying to stop Carson's wife, Candy, from circumventing a law that capped the redecorating budget at $5,000.

A HUD spokesman is quoted in the Times article as saying, "Mr. Carson didn't know the table had been purchased, but does not believe the cost was too steep and does not intend to return it."

Just a few days later, Carson told CNN he was "as surprised as anyone to find out that a $31,000 dining set had been ordered" and requested the order be canceled.

According to documents obtained by CNN, it included a mahogany table, sideboard and breakfront and 10 mahogany chairs with a blue velvet finish. 

This claim is news.


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