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Former RI Housing deputy director sues over firing

Former RI Housing deputy director sues over firing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former deputy head of Rhode Island Housing is suing the agency, claiming wrongful termination over a probe she says uncovered financial irregularities involving federal funds at the Urban League of Rhode Island.

Gayle Corrigan filed suit in federal court Wednesday. The complaint alleges breach of contract and violation of a law protecting whistleblowers. Corrigan says no one should be fired for "raising legitimate questions about how taxpayer money is being spent."

Corrigan was reviewing grants to the Urban League for the Safe Haven homeless shelter in Pawtucket. The shelter had problems including employees unpaid for months. Corrigan says she reported payroll problems to Director Richard Godfrey and had recommended law enforcement be contacted.

Rhode Island Housing says the allegations are baseless and the lawsuit is without merit.

The Urban League's chief has said no funds were misappropriated.


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