Department Of Human Services Worker Charged With Stealing Dead Client’s Checks

Posted on September 17, 2012

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Oklahoma (The Gaslamp Post) – An employee of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is expected to plead guilty Wednesday for fraudulently collecting disability benefits of one of her clients who had died over a year ago.  The now retired employee, Katherine A. Daugherty (right), 57, was an adult protective services specialist until she left the agency last August, when she decided to retire after learning she was under investigation.

She is charged with felony wire fraud.

According the report, prosecutors allege that Daugherty failed to report that a man she had overseen, a former FAA employee who had been on disability since 1976, and had passed away in a nursing home in March of 2010.  Investigators say that she began forging his signature on his benefits eligibility statement and then falsely submitted them to the U.S. Department of Labor, stating that he was still living in the nursing home.

Daugherty is then alleged to have faked a court guardian order and then faxed it to the Labor Department.  By the time the scheme had been uncovered, she was believed to have bilked the American taxpayer out of over $27,000.

She was reported to have had a salary of $41,618 at the time of her retirement.  Prosecutors are seeking compensation from Daugherty’s retirement account in order to recover the losses.

Daugherty is reportedly already on probation after pleading guilty in January 2012 to a bogus check writing charge, where she was ordered to pay $3,005 in restitution.

She was reported to have been an employee with the Department of Human Services from 1979 to 1985, and then returned in 1986 and worked there until August of 2011, when she “retired.”

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