- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - The director of the Robeson County Housing Authority has been suspended pending an investigation into the agency’s purchasing policies.

An investigation was started after the federal Department of Housing Urban Development reviewed the local policies.

A complaint alleges that Ronald Oxendine used authority money to pay for work at his home. It also alleges that two contractors worked on his home while also contracting with the authority and received no-competition contracts.

Oxendine was suspended without pay this week by the county board of commissioners.

Officials say he has been on vacation since earlier this month. A telephone listing for his home could not be found.

The chairman of the housing authority board, Noah Woods, would not talk about the case.

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