WASHINGTON -- The Hemet, Calif., Housing Authority and the Internal Revenue Service approved an agreement this week that settles charges that the $17.8 million Fountains and $6.06 million Willows black box housing deals violated tax laws.

Capping about six months of negotiations, Hemet's city council voted unanimously to approve the agreement on Tuesday, and the IRS approved it yesterday, according to Steven Temple, Hemet's director of finance.

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