Council approves audit of Human Services after employee swindled mentally disabled

Virginia Beach’s auditor will soon begin scrutinizing the Human Services Department’s receipts and employees in an investigation approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The probe follows revelations from a previous audit that a city social worker stole more than $50,000 from seven mentally disabled clients over a four-year period. The clients were enrolled in Human Service’s Supportive Living Program, which is designed to help them cope with everyday life.

One person lost more than $24,000 and another more than $15,000 after a city employee withdrew cash in their name for her own personal use, according to the first audit. The employee, who has not been named, admitted to the thefts and resigned, that audit said. The case was then turned over to law enforcement.

The new audit will have two steps. The first is to examine the department’s 1,100-employees; the second is to scrutinize procedures. City Auditor Lyndon Remias previously said the phases could take three to four months each and will likely require outside help.

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