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FDLE Arrests State Employee for Grand Theft

1/8/2009
 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee Susan Curry Wolfe, 47, an Economic Self Sufficiency Eligibility Supervisor in the ACCESS Florida Program located in the Jacksonville office. ACCESS is the DCF’s Automated Community Connection to Self Sufficiency that connects clients with food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid. Wolfe was arrested at work this morning and charged with grand theft, criminal use of personal information, and scheme to defraud. She was booked into the Duval County Jail.

DCF’s Office of the Inspector General contacted FDLE regarding alleged improprieties in the administration of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Food Stamp programs. The allegations implied that Wolfe had improperly re-opened two closed benefit cases and created six fictitious cases in her capacity as a supervisor. Wolfe’s actions issued TANF, enabling cash assistance to be withdrawn from automatic teller machines, and enabling food stamps able to be used to purchase authorized food products from approved retailers.

The improper authorizations were conducted between Oct. 2, 2008 and Dec. 29, 2008 and included $18,459 in TANF and $6,225 in food stamps for a total of $24,684 in illegally authorized public assistance.

The DCF created the Internal Controls Workgroup two years ago when the agency suspected theft by an employee. The former employee was later arrested on a theft of $1.5 million and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

“Criminal activity of any sort at DCF will not be tolerated,” said DCF Secretary George Sheldon. “Floridians depend on us for critical public assistance, and betraying their trust in this manner is unacceptable. The Internal Controls Workgroup detected this activity early on and this is proof their monitoring works.”

For more information contact:
Sharon L. Gogerty FDLE Public Information Officer
904-360-7101
Or
John Harrell DCF Public Information Office
904-723-5470