Savoy Walker, 32, a convicted former Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS) worker began serving a four-year prison stint today. She admitted to an elaborate scheme of defrauding the county by helping friends and family steal more than $130,000 in benefits and money.
After pleading guilty to 10 fraud charges, Walker must also repay nearly $120,000. Walker, Tameka Mosley and Jacqueline Ward, all former HCJFS workers, were all charged with their involvement in a scheme to defraud the county of taxpayer dollars.
The three women helped family and friends complete benefits paperwork and collect benefits they didn’t qualify for.
Other workers noticed discrepancies in the documentation and reported them to management. Walker will join former co-worker Tameka Mosley, who started an 18-month sentence last September. HCJFS provides medical benefits, food stamps and day care benefits for the needy. Mosley worked at HCJFS for nearly 3.5 years before she resigned in 2010.
“They were using JFS as a community candy jar," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.