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Funding freeze on Family Resource Center affects local organization

The auditor's office arrested six people last week in connection with a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme of the Department of Human Services.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 7:12 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2020 5:41 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Department of Human Resources froze grant funds for the Family Resource Center. 

The Center managed Families First Services within 42 counties in north Mississippi. 

The department is conducting an audit on the organization about possible improper spending. 

The auditor's office arrested six people last week in connection with a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme of the Department of Human Services. 

One non-profit feeling the effects of this recent embezzlement arrest is the Regional Rehab Center.  Regional Rehab works off of donations. 

It was expecting grant money from the Family Resource Center.  Executive Director Robby Parman was going to use the money to hire an audiologist and an occupational therapist. 

Currently, there is a six-month-long waitlist for patients to receive occupational therapy. 

Regional Rehab received two grants from the Family Resource Center over the past two years. 

With the grants, Parman was able to hire five therapists. 

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