Special Needs Parent: 'Someone Needs to Be Held Accountable'

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Brenda Bryant, a parent of a woman with special needs, says she is concerned her daughter and others were overcharged for their rent.

According to the South Carolina Inspector General, there's an investigation underway at the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

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Bryant says her daughter was under the care of Greenville Department of Special Needs. from 2004 to 2009 and believes there was issues with the federal housing money and how much she was paying for rent.

"It concerns me greatly that they were getting [federal] money from HUD and then charging my daughter over one thousand dollars for rent. Somebody needs to be held accountable for this," said Bryant.

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs State Director Beverly Buscemi says they have hired an independent accounting firm to determine if some of their disabled residents are being overcharged for their housing.

"If they anything questionable this third party will then drill down on an individual basis," said Buscemi.

The audit will go back to July of 2012 and Buscemi says they had to start somewhere and will determine where they need to go from there depending on what information they find.


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