WHO: Oklahoma City’s Operation Weed and Seed
WHAT: The U.S. Justice Department found that the program has misspent and mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars during the past six years. It improperly spent $153,971 in federal funding on items such as Japanese swords, 65-inch flat-screen televisions and arcade games for youth programs. One employee actually put $7,000 of city and federal funds into a personal account for himself.
WHY IT’S AN OUTRAGE: Weed and Seed’s purpose is to create social programs and provide increased police security for high-crime areas. These expenditures clearly aren’t in line with that goal.
WHERE TO VENT: The U.S. Department of Justice is in the process of determining what funds must be repaid. Call (202) 514-2000 and suggest all of it be repaid.