Former counselor from Delaware's Connections gets year in federal prison for wire fraud


Dj McAneny

A former counselor at Connections, who worked with the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and helped individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, will head to federal prison for a year for falsely submitting bogus paystubs so the program would be overpaid and appear more successful. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, William A. Brown, 52, of Felton, was previously a job placement counselor with Connections Community Support Programs, Inc. when, throughout 2015 and 2016, he began submitting more than 30 documents that included falsified paperwork and client paystubs so Connections would be overpaid by DVR, making the organization appear more successful and, in return, increasing his job security. 

"The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides funding for DVR and sets programmatic goals; DVR receives 80% of its funding through federal government programs," the DOJ said. 

He was sentenced to 12 months incarceration on wire fraud charges on January 29, 2020, the DOJ announced Wednesday, February 5. 

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