UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County will pay for an audit of the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development following long-standing concerns about the department’s operations.

The county’s Office of Audits and Investigations recommended an independent audit in May, and it is being initiated by county officials separately from a wide-ranging public corruption investigation in the county.

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The probe by federal prosecutors resulted in the arrest of former County Executive Jack Johnson last month on charges of evidence tampering.

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The audit will cost $64,800 and be conducted by Virginia Tech University. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

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