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August 8, 2013

Local daycare employee illegally using W.I.C. vouchers

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Sheriff's Office Organized Fraud Task Force, along with the U.S. Secret Service, seized $87,000 worth of fraudulent money from the employee of a local day care on July 30. Detective Bobby Langford received a tip that the daycare may possibly be illegally using W.I.C. vouchers. 

"Langford and the Task Force had been watching this particular daycare for some time," said Captain Brad King of the Sheriff's Office. "The voucher fraud investigation led them to a bank account that was not associated with the daycare." 

With the help of the U.S. Secret Service, the Task Force was able to follow the deposit history of the bank account. The bank account belonged to a friend of an employee of the day care center who had deposited a total of $87,000 in fraudulently obtained funds. 

"In total it was roughly around $91,000 in the account, but we were able to distinguish between the account holder's money and the subject's deposited funds," said King. 

Because this is an ongoing investigation with the federal government, the name of the arrested individual and the name of the daycare are being held.  

This is not the first case that the Organized Fraud Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service have solved together. According to King, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office is very pleased with their association with the federal agency. 

"Our partnership with them have helped us solve cases that would have otherwise have not been solved due to limited resources," said King. 

The established relationship with the federal agency has also helped with grants and funds used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that aids detectives in crime investigations. Langford and the Task Force are currently partnering with U.S. Secret Service on another case of approximately $938,000 of fraudulent funds being transferred to overseas accounts by two bank employees out of Atlanta. 

"We've fostered an excellent relationship with this agency and look forward to continue offering each other the help and resources needed to catch criminals," King said.

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