County auditors looking into one of Los Angeles' biggest foster care agencies in 2003 uncovered $445,000 in ineligible or unsupported spending.
Auditors found $234,000 in wages with no supporting documents to verify the hours worked, up to $29,000 in unsupported vehicle expenses and $47,000 that the agency paid to purchase one building and lease another from its top executives, according to the audit report.
The county Department of Children and Family Services demanded that the private agency, Homes of Hope, return $440,000.
Five years later, the county agreed to settle the matter for $36,000, to be paid in installments without interest. Homes of Hope is still paying...