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Warrant issued for DCFS employee accused of falsifying reports on mandatory foster-home visits

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

An arrest warrant has been issued for 49-year-old Kimberly D. Lee, of Calhoun, LA, an employee of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. She is being accused of filing false reports about mandatory monthly in-home visits with children in foster care to DCFS in Baton Rouge.

According to the warrant, Lee was required to conduct monthly in-home visits with each child in foster care.

Lee became a Child Welfare Specialist 1 on Dec. 10, 2012. 

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint from DCFS on Dec. 5, 2014. Lee was assigned to handle a caseload of children who had been placed in foster care by DCFS after having been placed, by court order, in the care, supervision and custody of the State, according to the warrant.

A preliminary report stated Lee created and filed false reports about the mandatory monthly in-home visits.

On March 15, 2015, investigators with the OIG received a completed administrative report from DCFS showing Kimberly Lee falsified the documents.

Investigators interviewed foster parents where children were placed and assigned to the caseload of Lee. 

The warrant states:

"The interviews confirmed that on numerous occasions Kimberly D. Lee did not complete mandatory monthly home visits as required."

Investigators identified 20 reports which purported to document in-home visits that did not take place. All 20 falsified reports took place between July 31, 2013 to August 15, 2014.

Lee was interviewed by OIG investigators Monroe, LA on June 25, 2015. During the interview, Lee told investigators she created the false reports in an attempt to "get things done no matter what." Lee said her work load and the pressures placed on her by supervisors required her to use "buzz words."

Lee is charged with 20 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and two counts of malfeasance in office. 

The warrant for Lee's arrest was issued Feb. 8, 2016.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services issued the following response:

In December 2014, DCFS obtained information alleging that DCFS employee, Kimberly Lee, had falsified records regarding foster home visits and immediately launched an internal investigation. The investigation confirmed that Lee had in fact falsified documents. Lee was terminated effective June 3, 2015. All documents and Department findings were provided to the Office of the Inspector General to pursue criminal charges against Lee. 

Keeping children safe is the top priority at DCFS. DCFS has zero tolerance for any employee who puts children at risk or purposefully deceives the Department by falsifying documents.

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