State police investigating ‘financial issues’ at DCYF

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State Police are conducting an investigation into the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, Eyewitness News has learned.

According to Col. Steven O’Donnell, police are now investigating “potential financial issues” in the department.

O’Donnell did not comment further, saying it would be inappropriate due to the ongoing investigation.

The DCYF has been troubled for years. An audit released in July showed the agency has been running significant budget deficits, and last month a top Raimondo administration official said the agency needs a complete restructuring.

The DCYF budget for the state’s new fiscal year, which began July 1, is $217 million. The agency provides services to an average of 10,000 children and their families directly each year and serves thousands more through community-based programs, according to the Senate Fiscal Office.

Ted Nesi contributed to this report.

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