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Federal Agents Search Offices At CRT

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A federal agent stands in the doorway of the Community Renewal Team's office on Windsor Street in Hartford.  Agents searched the offices, and carried out some boxes. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A federal agent stands in the doorway of the Community Renewal Team’s office on Windsor Street in Hartford. Agents searched the offices, and carried out some boxes. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Federal agents with a search warrant arrived early Thursday morning to search the offices of  the Hartford anti-poverty agency CRT.

Community Renewal Team spokesperson Nancy Pappas says the agency has cooperated with the investigation,  which included a search of administrative offices on the third floor of the organization’s Windsor Street location.

The search was being carried out by agents from the inspector general at Housing and Urban Development, the Veterans Administration, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Energy.

Connecticut’s attorney general and state auditors have recently investigated government grants given to CRT, which oversees a variety of community programs, including Head Start and Meals on Wheels.

Pappas says the agents initially asked that everyone stay out of the building, but the first floor kitchen for Meals on Wheels and the second floor offices of Head Start were back in full operation before noon.

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