The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) Benefit Recovery Unit, in cooperation with Hazlehurst United Methodist Church, has recovered $76,598.14 in misallocated child care funds. The discrepancy was caused by an employee’s misconduct which was self-reported by Hazlehurst UMC and they agreed to pay full restitution to the agency.

The Benefit Recovery Unit, under the direction of Debresha McDonald, is part of the Office of Inspector General in MDHS. Created in August 2018 and charged with detecting, preventing, and deterring fraud, waste, and abuse within the agency, OIG has been responsible for millions in dollars collected from misused eligibility funds.

“I want to thank the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church for their good faith effort to make this right,” MDHS Executive Director Bob Anderson said. “These cooperative efforts not only protect taxpayer dollars; they ensure these benefits go to the individuals who need them.”

Suspected fraud can be reported MDHS online any time submitting the MDHS Fraud Tip Form at, calling the Fraud Tip Line during normal business hours at 1-(800)-299-6905, or email at