Columbia loan officer says obstacles impeded job

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man hired to fix Columbia’s federal loan programs says he has resigned because internal obstacles kept him from doing his job amid several federal investigations.

Scott Blackmon told The State newspaper that he resigned this week after telling his boss about poor record keeping and organization.

Blackmon resigned Monday, the day news broke of the U.S. Commerce Department’s investigation of how Columbia loans federal money. Last month, the agency suspended the city’s federal funds because Columbia had been unable to produce correct loan information since September 2008.

Columbia’s chief financial officer Bill Ellis says the city has the correct loan information but it wasn’t recorded properly in the federal computer system.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is also taking a closer look at Columbia’s community development department.


Information from: The State,

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