City of Dallas Hit with Whistleblower Suit

In a qui tam complaint unsealed last week, whistleblowers Curtis Lockey and Craig MacKenzie alleged that the City of Dallas, Texas failed to affirmatively further fair housing as it was obligated to do when it accepted funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).

Lockey and MacKenzie claimed that the City of Dallas requested and received millions of dollars from HUD in community development block grants and public housing assistance grants that the city was not qualified for because it was out of compliance with its obligations to affirmatively further fair housing. The complaint alleged specifically that the City of Dallas was obligated to analyze impediments to fair housing choice, take action to overcome the effects of any such impediments, and maintain records of such analyses and actions.

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