Former DFACS Manager Pleads Guilty

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.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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