A DHS worker kept hidden from the federal government that a disabled adult had died so she could get his monthly benefits checks and use the funds “for her personal benefit,” prosecutors allege.
Katharine A. Daugherty, 57, of Bethany, is charged in Oklahoma City federal court with wire fraud.
Because of the scheme, the U.S. Labor Department was cheated out of more than $27,000, prosecutors allege.
Daugherty retired from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in August 2011 after learning she was under investigation. She was an adult protective services specialist IV.
Her attorney, Irven Box, said she has accepted responsibility for her actions and intends to plead guilty to the felony charge. A hearing is set for Wednesday.
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Former Oklahoma DHS worker charged with wire fraud