Wyoming Legal Service used funds improperly

Washington, DC – An investigation of legal aid programs serving the poor shows that they spent federal money on booze, interest-free loans for staff, late charges on overdue bills and even lobby registration fees.

A congressional report says that Legal Services Corporation, the parent organization that distributes grants to programs in all 50 states, failed to monitor how the money was spent.

Wyoming Legal Services is among the organizations whose activities were questioned.

It used money to pay overdue office rent.

Wyoming Legal Service executive director Wendy Owens says that occurred under the tenure of a previous executive director and the organization has long since corrected those issues.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press, was based on examination of spending at 14 of 138 legal aid programs financed by Legal Services Corporation of Washington.