Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Former North Carolina Municipal DSS Worker Pleads Guilty To Misappropriating At Least $112K

Cindy Brady, 50, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to charges she misappropriated at least $112,000 from Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, where she had been employed. Prosecutors allege that Brady received numerous fraudulent reimbursements for fake purchases of items for the agency's Giving Tree program, a program used to buy Christmas gifts for needy children and families. Authorities believe that between 2007 and 2009 Brady created false receipts and then submitted them to DSS for the phony purchases. She is also accused of using agency funds to pay as much as $30,000 in personal credit card charges. Brady faces up to 10 years in prison, plus fines and restitution.

Read the story here and here.

Update (6/30/11): Brady, now 51, was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison.  The total loss has now been determined to be about $120,000.

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