OEO Admits Misuse Of Mt. Beulah Funds

Newspaper Article
Sat, 09/11/1965
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The author reports that an Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) audit found that officials of the Head Start Program in Edwards, Mississippi mishandled federal funds that were given to the organization. The mishandled funds included money that had been used to pay bail for several jailed civil rights activists. While the discrepancies were found as a result of normal audits, Senator John Stennis had openly voiced suspicions regarding the project's financial habits. The audit contained no specific information on the payment of bail money for activists, but the OEO's director of audits stated that most of the money was deducted from salaries, and that only a small portion of it had been disallowed, with repayment demanded. The audit itself only criticized the lax regulation of petty cash by the organization.


Document Description: one-page photocopy of two newspaper articles; determination of source based on hand-written notation "JD" at top of article; located in PLT Archive Folder "Delta Ministry (Div. of Nat'l Churches) pro, anti-literature"; part of "Exhibit C- Questionable morals at Southern Christian Institute near Edwards, Mississippi (Mt. Beulah)" (1C/S03.14).

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