Yes, this is over three years old, but the premise is still the same. The greed – abuse and corruption is still going on.
Posted By – Michael King
Last Updated On: 12/4/2007 3:55:36 PM
The Fulton County District Attorney’s office announced the guilty plea of former DFACS manger Gayla Owens on three charges relating to the theft of more than $150,000 from the Department of Family and Children’s Services.
Owens, 43, pled guilty on Monday to one count of theft by taking, one count of fraud, and one count of computer theft.
Owens was placed on 15 years probation, ordered to make full restitution, and was restricted from employment that has access to public funds. Fulton Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville also ordered Owens to perform 200 hours of community service.
Owens was a 15-year DFACS employee, who interviewed applicants to determine their eligibility for monthly benefits.
A 2003 audit revealed suspicious payments authorized on several cases assigned to Owens between 1998 and 2003. After a closer examination, it was determined that Owens had falsely certified ten cases, which tied her to the monies.