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Former Verizon Worker Charged in Charity Scam

The following arrest information was supplied by the Milton police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A now has an arrest.

Sheneka Humphrey, 33, of Atlanta, was arrested and cited on criminal attempt to commit theft by taking, a felony charge. She was being held in Fulton County Jail without bond.

Milton detectives charged her April 19 with allegedly attempting to defraud Verizon Wireless of $9,000 through a charity scheme.

Milton Police Detective Kevin Barry said between October and December 2011, Humphrey allegedly coerced coworkers into filing false reports of hours worked for the legitimate charity she ran, Atlanta-based A Place of Motherly Love Inc. The attempted ruse was discovered before the check was cut.

At the time Humphrey was an employee of Verizon Wireless, which has its Southeastern headquarters in Milton. She left the company in February of this year – before the investigation began in March – on an unrelated matter.

The company's Verizon Foundation rewards employees who do charitable work by matching the hours with a donation to the organization of up to $750 per employee. Workers log the hours on the foundation's Web site; the tallies are then verified by the company before payment is made.

According to the Verizon Foundation, Humphrey and 11 other employees claimed they each did 50 hours of work for the charity, meaning a donation of $9,000 to A Place of Motherly Love. An investigation revealed the 11 employees did not know how to enter the time, so Humphrey allegedly provided detailed instructions, and, in some cases, entered the hours herself from the coworker's computer.

The fired employees told investigators they'd never done any work and never received any compensation for the fraudulent hours.

Verizon officials contacted Milton Police on March 28, and on April 19 Humphrey was charged.

For questions, email Bob Pepalis.

Flip Wilson April 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM
What was determined about the workers who lost their jobs behind this . Will there be a big lawsuit against Verizon. How long were the employees who were fired working for the company.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Milton police reports state the 11 workers were fired. No word on any civil suit. And the length of employment is a personnel matter that employers don't release due to privacy laws.
Jane Doe April 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM
If Ms. Humphrey resign and funds were not dispursed, why were the 11 employees fired. Furthermore the funds were going to the foundation not the 11 employees. It sounds like a wrongful termination which could lead to a civil law suit.
Dr John April 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Jane Doe - are you completely goofy?

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