(NEXSTAR) – A former Georgia communications director is facing charges after she allegedly used a fake pregnant belly as part of a paid leave scheme.
Robin Falls, 43, of Atlanta, was charged last week with three counts of false allegations and one article of identification fraud after she allegedly falsified a multiple pregnancy.
“Fraud on the part of civil servants will not be tolerated,” said Prosecutor General Chris Carr on Monday. “Working with the Independent Inspector General of Georgia, we have been able to detect, investigate and put an end to this alleged fraud. We will always defend the taxpayers’ dollars and look forward to presenting our case in court. “
False, who worked as Georgia’s director of external relations at the Georgia Rehabilitation Agency, told staff in October 2020 that she was pregnant. In May 2021, the department received a letter from a man claiming to be a father, notifying him of the birth of a child.
Human Resources has approved seven weeks of paid leave for Folsom to take bed rest prescribed by a doctor, but Folsom’s pregnancy history collapsed later that yearreported this week by the Office of the Inspector General of Georgia.
Two months before Folsom claimed to have given birth, the employee noticed that part of her pregnant belly seemed to be “moving away” from her body, and began to suspect that the belly was fake. The investigation also found that Folsom allegedly sent photos to his colleagues to show the newborn, but the photos showed children with different skin tones.
The OIG office reports that Folsom also reported the birth of a child in July 2020 and a month later said she was pregnant again. Investigators said they checked with the State Administration of Civil Status and found that the birth certificate with her last name was not on the list.
“All civil servants, and especially those who communicate with the media and the general public on behalf of their agency, must adhere to the highest standards of honesty and integrity,” said Inspector General Scott McAfee. “OIG will continue to prosecute civil servants if they decide to deceive their superiors and receive undeserved compensation.”
Identification fraud could result in 1 to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $ 100,000. False sentences can be imprisonment for 1 to 5 years and / or a fine of $ 1,000.
Folsom resigned in October 2021 after an interview with OIG investigators.