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Former Executive Director of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, was sentenced yesterday to five years of probation and five months of home confinement

Birmingham, Alabama (September 21, 2017) Kelli Hogue Mauro, 48,  former Executive Director of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, was sentenced yesterday to five years of probation and five months of home confinement for misapplication of property worth at least $5,000 from a federal program.

Kelli Hogue Mauro, 48, charged with misapplication of property

Birmingham, Alabama (April 21, 2017) Kelli Hogue Mauro, 48, of Birmingham, Alabama, and former Executive Director of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyer Program, has been charged with misapplication of property worth at least $5,000 from a federal program, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith of the Middle District of Tennessee.

Amy N. Garcia, age 32, was indicted on July 26, 2016

Martin, SD (September 29, 2016) Amy N. Garcia, age 32, was indicted on July 26, 2016 for Larceny and Theft of Government Property and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on September 28, 2016.  She pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

DOJ-January 20, 2015

JACKSON, MISS (January 20, 2015) - Shirley Mae Williams, 47, of Jackson, Missippi, former Executive Director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP), in Jackson, MS, was sentenced to 5 months incarceration to be followed by 5 months of home confinement and ordered to pay a $1,500.00 fine. The sentence imposed is in conjunction with the $54,424 in restitution made by Williams on November 13, 2014.

DOJ-November 13, 2014

JACKSON, MS (November 13, 2014) - Shirley Mae Williams, 47, former Executive Director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP), in Jackson, MS, entered a plea of guilty for the theft of federal funds. Williams will be sentenced on January 21, 2015 and faces a maximum penalty of 1 year in prison and a $100,000.00 fine.

DOJ-July 9, 2013

WHEELING, WV (July 9, 2013) - Janel Phillips, age 45, of Belington, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, with the first 5 months being served under home detention. Phillips was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $85,327.74.

DOJ-April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2012) – David Wagner, 49, was sentenced today in St. Louis to five months in prison for his role in the theft of nearly $160,000 in federal grant funds from a now-defunct nonprofit American Samoa legal services corporation.

DOJ-March 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2012) - Julie Matau, 49, and her daughter, Andrea Matau, 28, each were sentenced yesterday in Oakland, Calif., for their participation in the theft of nearly $160,000 in federal grant funds from a now-defunct nonprofit American Samoa legal services corporation.

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Rapid City, South Dakota (September 27, 2017) Kevin S. Lewis, age 55, was charged on September 19, 2017. The charges relate to Lewis, while employed as the managing attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services, taking money rightfully belonging to Dakota Plains Legal Services.

15-029 Subgrant Capstone Report

Fraud Alerts

Grantees' Prompt Reporting of Potential Fraud Indicators to the OIG

17-02 (Fraud Alert) Non-Attorney Outside Employment

17-01 (Fraud Alert) Computer Banner

16-01 (Fraud Alert)- Client Trust Accounts

The June 2015 issue of the Single Audit Information Service newsletter references the LSC OIG Fraud Alert 12-05 on Conflict of Interest Policies in an article entitled LSC OIG Fraud Alert Calls for Effective Conflict of Interest Policies.

Fraud Advisory (15-02) on Conflicts of Interest Policies 

Advisory Bulletin on Grantees' Prompt Reporting of Potential Fraud Indicators 4/9/15 

Advisory Bulletin on Controlling Employee Benefit Costs  11/2012

Grantee Advisory on Preventing Information Security Breaches. 03/2012 

Advisory Bulletin on Recent Developments Regarding Fraudulent Activity Involving Checking Accounts at LSC-Funded Programs

How to Prevent and Detect Fraudulent Travel and Timekeeping Submissions  09/2011

Employee Theft of Cash  03/2011

How to Prevent Computer Laptop Theft or Loss  04/2009

Preventing Employee Embezzlement; New Hotline Poster; Improving Communications and Customer Service.  12/2008

Employee Theft of Fees Paid by Clients.  07/2008

December 2006 Fraud Alert

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' 2014 Report to the Nations

Advisory Bulletin on How to Protect Your Organization from Internal Thefts.  09/2005

Fraud Prevention Guide for LSC

Report Fraud Hotline Form

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