HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Federal agents have searched a Hartford anti-poverty organization’s offices for a second straight day in what a federal housing official has said is part of a criminal investigation.

The Hartford Courant reports  about 50 agents executed a search warrant Friday at Community Renewal Team headquarters.

Donald White, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general, confirmed the Friday search to the Courant. On Thursday, Cortez Richardson, special agent in charge for the Housing and Urban Development Department’s inspector general, said the matter is part of a criminal investigation.

CRT spokeswoman Nancy Pappas says the probe appears to focus on a now-closed program that helped low-income homeowners with improvement projects. She said the agency is cooperating.

CRT records were subpoenaed two months ago by the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s office, which hasn’t commented.

Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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