- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence nonprofit organization will pay back more than $390,000 to the Department of Children, Youth and families as part of an agreement.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Pqwb5a ) the money is part of a grant that the Center for Southeast Asians received over two years, starting in 2013.

The agreement was prompted by a state audit released last year that inspected how roughly $1 million in taxpayer money was spent during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years.

The audit said the center failed to return nearly $434,000 in unused funds.

The department had said CSEA should repay the state for money improperly spent on meals, entertainment and meetings, as well as interest.

About $150,000 will be given back when the agreement is executed. The rest will be returned in 24 monthly installments.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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