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Fired Oklahoma DHS worker is accused of stealing from disabled foster children

A fired Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare specialist, Michelle L. Fausett, has been charged with three felony counts of financial exploitation of a disabled child.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 10, 2012
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A fired DHS child welfare worker has been accused of stealing almost $3,700 from three disabled foster children.

Michelle L. Fausett, 38, of Oklahoma City, is charged with three felony counts of financial exploitation of a disabled child.

Oklahoma County prosecutors allege Fausett bought video gaming systems, laptop computers, televisions and other things for the foster children, but never delivered them to the foster homes.

She may have taken some of the items to her own home, according to an investigative report.

She made the purchases from funds the three boys received from the federal government because they are disabled.

One boy lost $972, another boy lost $1,446, and the third boy lost $1,247, prosecutors allege.

The state Department of Human Services fired Fausett Jan. 20 for dereliction of duty because she stopped coming to work, records show.

She had worked at the agency more than three years.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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