PRESS RELEASE, 3/12/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces Indictment of 3 former Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Service employees

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of 3 former Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Service (“JFS”) employees for Theft in Office and Tampering with Records and 12 other defendants for Receiving Stolen Property for accepting benefits from the former employees.

The former employees charged are:  Jacqueline Ward (DOB 5/22/71), Tamikia Mosley (DOB 1/26/79) and Savoy Walker (DOB 8/3/80).  Ward is charged with 1 count of Theft in Office (Felony 5) and 1 count of Tampering with Records (Felony 3).  If convicted of both charges, she faces the possibility of 6 years in prison.  Mosley is charged with 1 count of Theft in Office (Felony 3) and 1 count of Tampering with Records (Felony 3) and she faces the possibility of 10 years in prison.  Walker is charged with 22 counts of Theft in Office (Felonies 3, 4, & 5) and 22 counts of Tampering with Records (Felony 3). If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of over 100 years in prison.

Ward, Mosley and Walker used their jobs to issue unauthorized food assistance cards, medical benefits and Ohio Works First cash benefits to themselves and the 12 other defendants named in today’s indictment.  Ward is charged with issuing a Medicaid card to herself, between July 2010 –August 2010, for which she was not eligible.  She received benefits in an amount less than $400.00.  She is the only one of the 3 former JFS workers charged today with accepting benefits for herself.  Mosley is charged with authorizing approximately $15,000.00, between January 2010 – August 2010, for unapproved benefits for a friend.  Walker is charged with authorizing over $100,000.00 in unapproved benefits for her friends and family members between October 2008 – July 2011.  The indictment charges her with fraudulent activities that continued after her resignation because she put them in place before she resigned and they were not discovered and discontinued until July 2011.

Ward, Walker and Mosley were all employed as Employment Technicians (Case Workers.)  Ward worked for JFS for approximately 5 years before she resigned under investigation in late summer 2010.  Walker worked for JFS for approximately 3 ½ years before she resigned under investigation in late summer 2010.  Mosley worked at JFS for approximately 3 ½ years before she resigned under investigation in late summer 2010.

This investigation started when internal JFS controls revealed discrepancies which ultimately resulted in a comprehensive audit by JFS investigators and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “In today’s economic environment when county government is forced to close jails and lay off deputies, seeing this theft of taxpayer money is disgusting.”