Angelina “Angel” Colonneso

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Division of Inspector General (IG) says it prevented over $1.25 million in ineligible and potentially fraudulent CARES Act funds and COVID assistance payments from being paid by reviewing applications totaling $10.2 million.

The IG reviewed payments for the Manatee County Housing Assistance and Small Business Grant Programs within the Economic Recovery category of CARES Act funding and the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program, according to a statement from the clerk’s office.