DCF Press Release


State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist
Governor

Robert A. Butterworth
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Al Zimmerman
December 7, 2007 850-488-4855



STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SECRETARY BOB BUTTERWORTH
~ Regarding the arrest of Broward ACCESS Program Employee for Fraud ~

     "We are shocked and disappointed by these allegations. We expect our employees to embody the highest standards of ethics and integrity, but sadly, it appears Ms. Jones chose to take advantage of this Department and the vulnerable families served by our Temporary Cash Assistance program."

     "Her alleged actions are inexcusable, and we have taken immediate action to terminate her employment. We will work hand-in-hand with the State Attorney to prosecute Ms. Jones and her co-conspirators to the fullest extent of the law."

     "These public assistance programs are vital to needy families throughout Florida, and any abuse of the state's system will be uncovered and corrected immediately."

     "We thank our partners at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their cooperation throughout this investigative process and for their decisive action in apprehending the accused. We also commend the work of the employees of our Inspector General's office whose efforts were vital to the outcome of this investigation."


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