TWC Assists in Prosecution of Former Contract Employee with Non-Profit Group in Dallas

Date: June 22,2016

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

Former Non-Profit Employee Sentenced to Nine Months in Federal Prison for Embezzlement Scheme

AUSTIN – In December 2016 in the Northern District of Texas, Evetta Galloway Griffin of Grand Prairie pled guilty to one count of theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. On June 8, 2017, Griffin was ordered to pay $129,196.48 in restitution, sentenced to nine months in Federal prison, and ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prison on September 6, 2017.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) received a report from the Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas reporting their contractor, the Child Care Group (CCG), suspected an employee of embezzling federal funds. The arrest and indictment are the result of a joint investigation by TWC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Office of the United States Attorneys.

“The Texas Workforce Commission is committed to the integrity of the subsidized child care program,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “It remains our priority to protect those benefits to serve eligible Texans and their children, which will enable these parents to work or attend workforce training activities.”

According to court documents, Griffin was the Director of Facilities and Administration for the Child Care Group (CCG) until March 2015. The CCG is a non-profit corporation that receives federal funding to provide educational services, such as Head Start, for young children from low-income families in the Dallas area. As part of the scheme, Griffin created and executed an embezzlement, theft and fraud scheme in which she fraudulently billed CCG for fictitious printing services. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, between April 2011 to January 2015, Griffin submitted approximately 100 fraudulent invoices to CCG and ultimately received $115,000 from the embezzlement scheme.

TWC remains vigilant in detecting and eliminating fraud so that the services and programs can fulfill its intended purpose of assisting eligible Texans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We will continue to vigorously pursue anyone who threatens the integrity of the program.”

TWC works with local workforce development board partners to investigate suspected child care fraud cases. In this case, the evidence supported fraud of federal funds from the Head Start and Child Care and Development Fund program.  Consequently, TWC referred the case to the HHS-OIG who pursued legal action against the individual committing fraud against these government programs.

TWC is steadfast in its efforts to detect and prosecute fraudulent activity in our programs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Protecting services benefiting employers and workers in Texas is a priority.”

TWC’s Regulatory Integrity Division (RID) is charged with detecting and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. RID enforces all regulatory statutes within the jurisdiction of the agency, including Tax, Workforce, Trade Act, Skills Development Fund, Self-Sufficiency Fund, Child Care Development Fund and all other programs that TWC administers.

For examples of reportable violations and to report suspected fraud, call the TWC Fraud and Program Abuse Hotline at 800-252-3642 or visit TWC’s website at Reporting Fraud in Programs.

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