DOE employee arrested in connection with scheme to defraud state

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested an employee of the Florida Department of Education (DOE) for allegedly defrauding the state of more than $110,000. Yvette Shizelle Stucks, 36, of Tallahassee, surrendered herself at the Leon County Jail on Friday after FDLE obtained a warrant for her arrest.

DOE's Office of Inspector General initiated an internal investigation after noticing irregularities in billings to the department's Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Services. Stucks' responsibilities with DOE included processing invoices submitted by vendors who provide certain vocational rehabilitation services. Stucks used her knowledge of how the billing system works to create fictitious consulting firms and then submit invoices for services that were never provided. The investigation showed that payments to the fictitious vendors were deposited into personal accounts held by Stucks at two different banks.

Stucks allegedly registered the fictitious vendors on the state's online vendor site in November 2005 and started submitting invoices soon after. Between December 2005 and June 2007, as many as 100 invoices were submitted on behalf of the two fictitious vendors created by Stucks.

DOE's Office of Inspector General worked with FDLE throughout the investigation.

Stucks was charged with one count of Organized Fraud, a first-degree felony.

For more information, contact:

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tallahassee
(850) 410-8258