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Richmond City Council President has questions about RRHA


A top Richmond official is asking questions about what's going on inside the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Richmond City Council President Charles Samuels is speaking out after an NBC12 investigation revealed a state and federal investigation into the agency's general counsel.

"I think we need to get to the bottom of this," Samuels said.

The Virginia State Bar and federal authorities are looking into RRHA General Counsel Michelle Waller, according to sources asked to help out with the investigation. The allegations include practicing law without a Virginia license and representing a federally-subsidized agency, also without the proper licensure.

"It was a concerning story," Samuels said of the NBC12 investigation last week.

Just one day after the story aired, RRHA Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Goolsby sent out an email calling into question our information, going as far as saying "no one at RRHA is under investigation."

Samuels took the matter into his own hands.

"It was concerning, as a lawyer and as the president of city council, so I conducted some research on my own and I've determined that there is in fact an investigation going on," he said.

NBC12 contacted RRHA both on Friday and Monday by email and went to headquarters to try to get answers. No one responded to our latest inquiries. However, the Goolsby email says RRHA hasn't been advised Waller is under investigation.

"Well, I find it hard to believe that they didn't know there was an investigation going on," Samuels added. "I think if it turns out that there has been knowledge of this prior to that going out, then we've got a problem."

For now, however, there is a holding pattern.

"I think we need to wait, need to wait and see whether or not any results come back from folk's investigation and based on that we'll make a determination about next steps," Samuels explained.

No word yet on how long these investigations will take.

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