Ex-DHS Employee Facing New Charge

Ex-DHS Employee Facing New Charge

There are 15 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Dec 3, 2008, titled Ex-DHS Employee Facing New Charge. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

A former Department of Human Services adult protective specialist has been charged with taking money from an elderly nursing home resident.

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hhmmm

Tulsa, OK

#1 Dec 3, 2008
Hang her high! What a piece of crap she is!
Reid

Summers, AR

#2 Dec 3, 2008
Talk about bad karma, hope it gets her good.

Since: Aug 08

Owasso

#3 Dec 3, 2008
This is reprehensible! She needs to pay all the money back. I don't think losing her job is enough though, she may have done this more than the two times the article mentioned. Will law enforcement become involved? It should.
jonesy67

Foyil, OK

#4 Dec 3, 2008
Another winner. Is she the standard for DHS? If so, no wonder it is a blight on the landscape. Why did it take so long to realize she was fleecing these poor old souls? DHS has SERIOUS employee issues.
You fix DHS

Jay, OK

#5 Dec 3, 2008
jonesy67 wrote:
Another winner. Is she the standard for DHS? If so, no wonder it is a blight on the landscape. Why did it take so long to realize she was fleecing these poor old souls? DHS has SERIOUS employee issues.
So why don't you go to work for them an straighten them out.
John in Broken Arrow

Purcell, OK

#6 Dec 3, 2008
Law Enforcement is already involved. That is who filed the criminal charges. No she is NOT the standard for DHS... MOST are decent... But like any profession... One bad apple makes them all look bad.

“Live, Laugh, Love!”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#7 Dec 3, 2008
What a useless horrible human being.
tnt

Broken Arrow, OK

#8 Dec 4, 2008
John in Broken Arrow wrote:
Law Enforcement is already involved. That is who filed the criminal charges. No she is NOT the standard for DHS... MOST are decent... But like any profession... One bad apple makes them all look bad.
But that's the thing though it's not just one apple!!! I think they have to much control and no one questions them and they should.
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#9 Dec 4, 2008
2005 Oklahoma Department of Human Services employee Selene Belden, 32, charged with 11 felony counts of felony computer fraud. Information filed in the case reflects Belden is accused of pilfering at least $30,674 in Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) benefits and $6,754 in food stamps over a 17-month period.Court documents reflect Belden is accused of using fraudulent information to open 11 OKDHS cases and illegally obtain benefits in the form of food stamps and TANF funds. Each was opened as a child-only case with an illegal alien listed as head of household and no absent parent information listed.
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2007 “Former DHS employee ”April Dawn Carver, 33 sentenced to 10 years in prison for her part in a plot to place a homemade bomb under her ex-boyfriend's pickup to solve custody dispute. Another man, of Stilwell, admitted planting the devices and received a similar prison sentence earlier this month.
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Pittsburg County prosecutors have charged a longtime Department of Human Services employee with rape for allegedly having sex with a developmentally disabled woman under foster care in his home. James L. Smith, 62, was charged Monday with first-degree rape. His wife, Lynn Smith, 59, is charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report abuse.The Smiths are adult foster caretakers of the victim and reported they are paid by the state. James Smith admitted during an interview Oct. 17 at the sheriff's office "to having engaged in sex with" the woman "on numerous occasions during the past six months,
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2008 DHS worker faces charge in abuse case
Bernadette Wanjugu Mwangi was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor count of failing to report child abuse.foster father Daniel Leeper McFarland McFarland was charged Feb. 11 with a felony count of sexual abuse of a child. Mwangi will remain in that role until her criminal case is resolved.
A conviction will not cause Mwangi to lose her job,said George Johnson because state law only mandates termination for employees convicted of felonies.
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#10 Dec 4, 2008
2006: Cannady, who was the case worker for Frazier and the 5-year-old he allegedly abused, placed them in the same south Oklahoma City foster home.
Frazier admitted to sexually assaulting both girls after he was arrested.
b"Sept. 14: Frazier was charged with eight counts of rape, sodomy and lewd acts with a child.
The case worker chose not to believe a 5-year-old's allegations against her foster brother
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une 2006

A former Department of Human Services worker accused of permitting sexual abuse of a child was convicted Thursday by an Oklahoma County jury.
The jury chose a sentence of 30 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for Janice Cooke, 53, of Oklahoma City. Formal sentencing is scheduled for July 7.
Cooke's husband, Paul Cooke, pleaded guilty in September to counts of rape, forcible oral sodomy and lewd acts with a child under 16. Paul Cooke was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Prosecutors were able to convince the jury in Janice Cooke's trial that the 12-year-old victim repeatedly told her about the abuse and she failed to tell authorities.
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July 02, 2008
Edwin Grant Dowty
foster parent
charged with three counts of lewd molestation of a girl younger than 13.
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2005Leroy Sommers Edmond police say Sommers' wife Marla, a DHS caseworker herself, knew
about the incidents but did nothing to stop it.CF-2005-855

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2007
A longtime Department of Human Services employee has been accused in an indictment of lying to the state grand jury 13 times.

The multi county grand jury on Wednesday indicted Barbette Estelle Hull, 45, of Poteau. She was handcuffed today and led from court by Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies after the indictment was made public. Her attorney, Mack Martin of Oklahoma City, said she maintains she is innocent.
A prosecutor said today that Barbette Hull used her DHS computer to work on campaign literature for various center board members.

The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick, told reporters a judge had given Barbette Hull immunity from prosecution as long as she testified truthfully before the grand jury.

Grand jurors alleged Barbette Hull lied about misusing her DHS computer and lied about other things during her testimony before them Aug. 7 and Sept. 25.
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#11 Dec 4, 2008
The following information comes from the June 2007 Child and Family Services Review "State wide Assessment" available online at http://www.okdhs.org , and the petition filed in the class action lawsuit against DHS filed by childrensrights.org . and news articles.

"OKDHS data, from April 1, 2007, shows that Child Welfare workers,(excluding CPS) average 23.5 children per caseload. This exceeds the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) recommendation of 12-15 children per caseload. OKDHS data, from April 1 2007, shows that Child Protective Service (CPS) workers in the state average 13.4 cases, slightly higher than the CWLA’s recommended 12 active cases per month" ~ 2007 Child and Family Service Review..
Has anyone heard them mention CPS before? Haven't we been told 1000 DHS "Child Welfare Specialist" handle all these cases? How many CPS workers are there?

July 1, 2008 KOCO Oklahoma City
"(We have) 11,500 children, 1,000 people doing the work of the entire child welfare system in the state. You do the math,"
~ George Johnson, DHS Spokesperson
And if there 11,500 children divide that by 1000 and you get 11.5 Right? So how do they get the 23.5 per caseload and other numbers like the statement below that comes from the complaint filed in the current class action lawsuit.
"For each of the past six years, the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board has
recommended the hiring of more caseworkers to meet reasonable professional standards in order to reduce the number of deaths due to child abuse or neglect. While those standards limit caseloads to twelve to fifteen children per caseworker, DHS caseworkers are regularly assigned more than fifty children each, with some caseworkers responsible for more than one hundred children." (statement from the petition filed in the class action lawsuit February 13th. 2008).
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#12 Dec 4, 2008
Regarding the numbers
In February 2005 the daily average of children in foster care was 6,522. In February 2007 the daily average was 7,757 children in foster care.
~ 2007 Child and Family Service Review.

July 1, 2008 newsok.com Oklahoma City
“Currently there are 7,600 children in foster care in about 3,500 homes”~ George Johnson, DHS Spokesperson
July 1, 2008 KOCO Oklahoma City
"(We have) 11,500 children, 1,000 people doing the work of the entire child welfare system in the state. You do the math," ~ George Johnson, DHS Spokesperson
"This case is brought by the Named Plaintiffs, nine children in foster care,
on behalf of themselves and the more than 10,000 children of Oklahoma who have been removed from their homes by the State. These foster children, who are or will be in the legal custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services" (statement from the petition filed in the class action lawsuit February 13th. 2008).

The large discrepancy in the numbers (around 4000 ) is an issue that has to be answered. How many children are there? If there are 7600 why do other sources give such higher numbers? And if the higher counts are correct like the 10,000+ cited in the lawsuit then what explains the drastic increase from 7,757 in February 2007 to 10,000+ in February 2008? If those numbers are correct then that raises other questions doesn't it? I for one think not only do we need a full financial audit of DHS,(not a performance audit). We also need some type of verifiable count of the number of children in the system. The people of Ok. deserve some answers. If you agree then send this to legislators, media, and anyone else you can think of.


W. Moore,
OKFAMRA, Oklahoma Family Rights Association
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#13 Dec 4, 2008
Regarding pay and funding
"In an effort to reduce turnover within the Child Welfare program, monetary incentives have been implemented. In October 2004 and 2005 all OKDHS employees were given $1,000 stipends from federal bonus awards the agency received for high performance in several of its programs. Pay increases were provided to Child Welfare specialists and supervisors in November 2005 and December 2006. A performance based pay incentive was implemented per State legislation in 2006. Eligibility for the performance based pay is dependent the county’s annual State CFSR results, time employed in the county office, annual employee evaluation, and completion of training hours."
~ 2007 Child and Family Service Review.
This shoots down all the "low pay" poor DHS worker,(bonuses two years in a row and raises two years in a row) as well as the "legislature doesn't give DHS enough money" argument now doesn't it? This is their data so if they dispute it they're calling themselves liars. And if it is true it proves them to be liars and frauds every time they say higher pay and more of funding are the answers to fixing the problems, they got those things and children are still being abused and dying at a horrible rate.
Money is not the answer. If you received raises and bonuses but then failed at your job,(DHS) resulting in a loss,(abused and dead children) then told your employer,(the public) it wasn't your fault and that you're not responsible,(no accountability). But then said give me a raise,(more funding,) and then I'll do better, how would that go over?
DHS

Tulsa, OK

#14 Jan 28, 2013
Tega wrote:
What a useless horrible human being.
Everyone makes mistakes..She shouldn't loose her job..
DHS

Tulsa, OK

#15 Jan 28, 2013
Tega wrote:
What a useless horrible human being.
People make mistakes. No one is perfect. She shouldn't lose her job. We are all humans. Is not like she killed anyone.

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