Friday, April 29, 2005

Another CPS Criminal Busted...

Sentence due today in foster care scam

Prosecutor pushes 5-year prison term for county worker who stole $167,324


A Stanislaus County Community Services Agency caseworker who pleaded guilty to misappropriating public money, embezzlement and grand theft is scheduled for sentencing today in Superior Court.

A prosecutor said Colette Kay DeLeon, 52, of Patterson should be sent to prison for five years for diverting $167,324 in foster care payments to her son and daughter-in-law.

Instead of discontinuing foster care payments when children were adopted, DeLeon transferred the payments to her son, 25-year-old Joseph Michael Robinson, and Robinson's wife, 27-year-old Michel Marie Sirl.

In some cases, DeLeon increased the level of care, adding money for clothing and counseling, Thomas' report states.

Notes in DeLeon's handwriting listed Robinson and Sirl as foster parents, but the couple had no foster children in their care, according to Thomas' report.

Until Next Time...

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