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Friday, April 20, 2012

Ex-Verizon worker arrested in alleged charity fraud.

By Christopher Seward The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A former Verizon worker in Milton was arrested Thursday and charged with trying to defraud the company through charity work, police said. Fulton County jail Milton police said Sheneka Humphrey tried to defraud Verizon. Milton police detectives said Sheneka Humphrey, who was taken to the Fulton County Jail, tried to get Verizon to provide $9,000 for charity work Humphrey said Verizon employees had completed for her foundation. Through its volunteer incentive program, Verizon rewards employees’ charitable work by donating up to $750 to a group per employee. The employee logs into the Verizon Foundation website and provides the dates and hours worked. A payment is made after the work has been verified. Police said Humphrey claimed 11 Verizon workers had done work for her “A Place of Motherly Love” foundation, but no work actually had been done. According to the Motherly Love website, the foundation provides mentoring and leadership services to girls ages 13 to 19 who are "at risk to being part of the low levels of poverty." Humphrey is identified as founder and chief executive officer. The scheme was uncovered before Verizon paid out $9,000 to Humphrey’s charity, authorites said. Police said Humphrey told the workers to claim they had worked 50 hours of personal time each at her charity from October to December last year. She also helped the workers enter the information at the Verizon Foundation website. “The eleven employees stated to Verizon investigators that they never did the work that was submitted and that they never received any compensation for the fraudulent hours,” police said in a statement. The 11 workers were fired, and Humphrey left the company in February for reasons unrelated to the alleged fraud, according to Verizon. Humphrey was charged with criminal attempt to commit theft by taking, a felony.

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