Friday, April 27, 2007

DCF - Child welfare officer jailed

LARGO - Pinellas County sheriff's detectives arrested one of their investigators Thursday, alleging that in a least two dozen cases she failed to visit homes where child abuse had been reported, then wrote fake reports.

Megan Gallagher, 25, also submitted bogus overtime slips for hours she never worked, sheriff's officials said. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Thursday on felony charges of grand theft and falsifying records.

Gallagher, who has worked for the agency since March 2002, was placed on paid administrative leave.

This is an older story but for the benefit of our on going discussion on the need to reform the laws that protect our most vulnerable part of society and in view of prior articles we thought it be appropriate to pull from the archives and re post .

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