FDLE arrests social worker for falsifying records

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2019  

TAMPA, Fla. – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Robinson Ruben Cancel, 59, of 5650 Royal Hills Court, Winter Haven, on four charges of falsifying records, grand theft and official misconduct.  

Cancel worked for Healthy Families Polk County, a subcontractor with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, Inc., and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).  

The investigation began when DCF’s Office of Inspector General contacted FDLE about inconsistencies on reports Cancel had filed regarding home visits to clients. Agents learned that from November 2015 to September 2017, Cancel documented that he visited at least four clients assigned to him while he was a field support worker; however, it was later determined no such visits were made. Agents learned Cancel knowingly falsified at least 125 records, which included the visitation logs. He also falsified numerous travel logs, which netted him $800.  

Cancel was taken to the Polk County Jail on a $6,000 bond. The Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, will prosecute.    

For Further Information Contact:
Angela Starke FDLE Office of Public Information
(407) 988-5009 Mobile
(813) 878-7300 Tampa Bay
(850) 410-7001 Tallahassee

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