Attorney General Chris Carr announced today that Robin Folsom, the former director of external affairs for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), has pleaded guilty to one count of impersonation and three counts false statements.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Office of the State Inspector General (OIG) into a request by the GVRA regarding Folsom’s use of family medical leave.
“Those who work for Georgian taxpayers must uphold high ethical standards and perform their roles honestly and transparently,” Carr said. “State employees who breach this trust in the course of their employment will be held accountable for their actions. Fraud and deception committed on state time and in association with its work is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. »
In May 2021, Folsom created a fictitious identity for the alleged father of her alleged children, and she later shared the false information with GVRA to request leave for the alleged birth of her second child. During an interview with the OIG, Folsom falsely told an investigator that this fictitious person was real and had given birth to two children. In the end, due to Folsom’s deception, she was granted 265 hours of leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, which she would not otherwise have been entitled to.
Folsom was charged in February this year:
“State employee fraud will not be tolerated,” Carr said. “Working with Georgia’s Independent Inspector General, we were able to uncover, investigate and shut down this alleged deception. We will always stand up to protect taxpayers’ money and look forward to taking our case to court.
The Attorney General’s Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Unit presented evidence to a Fulton County Grand Jury, resulting in Folsom*’s indictment on February 10, 2022. Specifically, the indictment charges the defendant with the following acts which, if found guilty, may carry the respective penalties:
- Identity fraud, OCGA § 16-9-126(a): 1 to 10 years and/or a fine not to exceed $100,000
- False statements, OCGA § 16-10-20, each count: 1 to 5 years and/or $1,000 fine
The judge accepted the plea on April 4, 2022, and sentenced Folsom to a total of five years to serve on probation, with a behavioral inducement date of three years under the First Offender Act. The judge also ordered Folsom to pay $12,307 in restitution to the state of Georgia and complete 40 hours of community service, among other conditions.
This matter was prosecuted by the Public Integrity and White Collar Crime Unit of the Prosecution Division and investigated by the OIG.