Thursday, December 11, 2008
North Carolina Social Worker Accused Of Orchestrating Embezzlement Scheme At DSS
April Shawnette Stuckes, 33 of Wilmington, North Carolina, was accused Friday of masterminding an embezzlement scheme at the Brunswick County Department of Social Services that bilked the agency out of $135,123. Stuckes, who was an "income maintenance" case worked for the agency, was fired last April when the irregularities came to light. According to the authorities, Stuckes was the central figure that involved six other individuals in the theft scheme. Francine Bland Corbett, 55, of Burgaw, North Carlina, is currently being sought by the police as one of Stuckes' accomplices. DeJuan Antonio Green, 29, and Stuckes' live-in boyfriend, was charged with one felony "count of concealment" of fact and another count of welfare fraud. Others arrested in the case on similar charges as Green include Sharazrd Crummy; Tameka Greene, 31; and Wilhelmina Greene, 56; all of Wilmington, NC. The overall scheme involved Stuckes obtaining a list of recipients who received federal Work First Family Assistance benefits, set up fake addresses, then picked up the checks at the County's post office box for bad addresses, and deposited the funds for herself and her accomplices. The scheme lasted about three years, according to the authorities.