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Misuse of past aid costs agencies stimulus money

By Kevin Johnson
USA Today

WASHINGTON — Twenty-six police agencies in 16 states are barred from receiving shares of $1 billion in federal stimulus money to hire more officers after misusing millions of dollars in prior aid, Justice Department documents show.

The Amtrak Police Department and agencies in two New Jersey cities, Newark and Camden, are among the largest departments barred from getting new aid for hiring police. All of the agencies agreed to bans on new grants for up to three years rather than pay back about $7.1 million to the government, the documents show.

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