Walton HR Director Arrested

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  1. John G

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    and so it begins... Clean up this mess of a County.


    WALTON COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR ARRESTED FOR INSURANCE FRAUD
    Posted on November 17, 2017 by cdobridnia
    Walton County, Fla—The Human Resources Director for Walton County is arrested for insurance fraud following an investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Insurance Fraud.

    On October 17th WCSO was notified of potential insurance fraud involving an employee within the Walton County Human Resources department. An investigation was launched and discrepancies were found in the insurance file of Human Resources Director, Ella Mae Walters, 48.

    Documents collected during the investigation indicated Walters’ insurance coverage for United Concordia Dental listed a dependent, Christopher C. Byrd. Based on the date of birth of Byrd and additional documents provided, Byrd did not qualify as a dependent for Walters.

    With the assistance of the Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Insurance Fraud a review of Walters’ United Concordia policy, and claims filed under that policy, was completed. A total of three claims were filed pertaining to treatment for Byrd .

    During the investigation, it was learned Byrd was employed by Walton County Board of County Commissioners as a courier from December 2014 to October 2015. However, during his tenure with Walton County he never elected, added, or chose to enroll in dental insurance of any kind.

    “As the Human Resources Director for our county Ella Mae Walters has extensive knowledge of employment benefits and has direct ability to approve and oversee all changes to insurance,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “In saying that, Mrs. Walters knowingly and intentionally obtained a benefit for Christopher Byrd by falsifying an official record or official document. In discussions with County Administration, it was clear that they shared our concerns and cooperated fully with the investigation.”

    According to the Walton County Administrator Larry Jones, Walters will be placed on administrative leave until an internal review can be completed. “Once we became aware of these allegations, it was imperative that the Sheriff’s office be allowed to conduct their investigation with no influence or interference from County staff. Now that the charges have been filed, we will place Walters on administrative leave and perform an internal review to determine the most appropriate course of action,” Jones said.

    Ella Mae Walters turned herself in in Okaloosa County this morning and is charged with official misconduct, false and fraudulent insurance claims, and falsifying records. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.
     
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    Is she any relation to the Walton Co. dump truck driver named "Walters" that was just arrested for stealing asphalt from the county for his driveway?
     
  3. John G

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    I was wondering the same thing... Friends and Family Program.

    Interesting how their are allegations of BCC Member meddling in HR / Hiring Issues and now the HR Director is arrested.
     
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    I dont know, but with all the dirt piles and asphalt piles everywhere you go in D2 Im sure he would have gotten it for free and delivered if he just called the D2 office and asked for it. Even the Foreman man who spoke during public comments at the last BCC meeting thanked her for the dirt. Her response was call me anytime. Clean dirt is not spoil dirt. Not for sale and its illegal..
     
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    Both of these "walters" are obviously not the sharpest tools in the shed. One of them adding random (or maybe not so random) people to insurance and the other one asking someone to falsify official documents via text message.
     
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    Oh he didnt get it from the yard. He picked it up from Anderson Columbia (TWICE) then asked them to fake a receipt for it via text message when he found out they were investigating him.
     
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    Walton County doesn't hire the brightest bulbs in the pack.
     
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    The honest ones are. Thieves usually are not.
     
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    And this was the Director of the Human Resources Department...
    Wonder what else she did or was told to do... :scratching:
     
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    Talk to some of the guys from Walton County Rescue...oh to be a fly on a tree in the woods. :D
     
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    BRIAN JAMES WALTERS
    Booking Number: 74762
    Booking on: 11/16/2017
    County: Walton
    Date of Birth: 02/29/1980
    Gender: M
    Race: W
    Charges
    • Violation Description: Public Servant Falsify Official Document
      Bond Amount: $5,000.00
    • Violation Description: Petit Theft 1st Degree 100 Less 300 Dols
    • Violation Description: Public Servant Falsify Official Document
    • Violation Description: Petit Theft 1st Degree 100 Less 300 Dols
     
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    What was omitted from the story was whether or not its PAID LEAVE!
     
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    Walton County, Fla. - The Human Resources Director for Walton County was arrested Friday for insurance fraud following an investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office andFlorida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Insurance Fraud.

    The investigation began on October 17th and discrepancies were found in the insurance file of Human Resources Director, Ella Mae Walters, 48.

    "Documents collected during the investigation indicated Walters’ insurance coverage for United Concordia Dental listed a dependent, Christopher C. Byrd. Based on the date of birth of Byrd and additional documents provided, Byrd did not qualify as a dependent for Walters," officials wrote. "With the assistance of the Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Insurance Fraud a review of Walters' United Concordia policy, and claims filed under that policy, was completed. A total of three claims were filed pertaining to treatment for Byrd totaling just under $300.00."

    During the investigation, it was learned Byrd was employed by Walton County Board of County Commissioners as a courier from December 2014 to October 2015. However, during his tenure with Walton County he never elected, added, or chose to enroll in dental insurance of any kind.

    “As the Human Resources Director for our county Ella Mae Walters has extensive knowledge of employment benefits and has direct ability to approve and oversee all changes to insurance,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “In saying that, Mrs. Walters knowingly and intentionally obtained a benefit for Christopher Byrd by falsifying an official record or official document. In discussions with County Administration, it was clear that they shared our concerns and cooperated fully with the investigation.”

    According to the Walton County Administrator Larry Jones, Walters will be placed on administrative leave until an internal review can be completed.

    Walters is charged with official misconduct, false and fraudulent insurance claims, and falsifying records. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.
     
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    The two Walters' are no relation, per the Walton County Sheriff's Office public information officer.
     
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    NW Fl Daily News has the story on the asphalt and Brian Walters...

    The jest of it is..."In early November, a county employee filed a report against 37-year-old Brian James Walters, according to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The report said Walters told co-workers he had stolen asphalt to use on the driveway at his home.

    Documents showed that on two occasions Walters allegedly submitted an official activity log for a Federal Emergency Management Agency rain event. The logs stated three loads of milled asphalt had been picked up from Anderson Columbia and delivered to the Walton County yard on McKinnon Bridge Road, the Sheriff’s Office said.

    The county used money from a FEMA grant to pay for those loads, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The price the county paid for each load was $150, the release said.

    After Walters realized he was being investigated, he asked an Anderson Columbia employee by text message to create a receipt for two loads of asphalt to show investigators he had purchased them, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    “Walters used his position as a government employee with Walton County Public Works to steal materials meant for county use and, instead, used them for his own gain,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said.

    Walters was arrested and charged with official misconduct and petit theft for knowingly falsifying an activity log, which is an official record."

    www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171117/walton-county-workers-charged-with-stealing-asphalt
     
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    DC Number: P09288
    Name: WALTERS, BRIAN J
    Race: AMERICAN INDIAN OR PACIFIC ISL
    Sex: MALE
    Hair Color: BROWN
    Eye Color: BROWN
    Height: 6'00''
    Weight: 202 lbs.
    Birth Date: 02/29/1980
    Custody: MINIMUM
    Release Date: 04/17/2002

    A convicted felon! The County obviously does not do background checks on county employees???

    www.rapsheets.org/florida/doc-prisoner/WALTERS_BRIAN/P09288

    Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery served 3 years

    Was incarcerated 07/27/1999
    Released 04/17/2002

    And there is this...
    mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Okaloosa-County-FL/Brian-James-Walters.4033459.html (add the http to the front of that link and it will open) it is for stalking!


    If I can find this crap why couldn't the county?
     
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    What this really proves is, if you aren't connected well enough and break the law. You will be investigated. I mean really, with all the accusations and physical threats that have happened lately, as well as the judges orders broken. Then they arrest her for putting an extra person on her insurance forms. This really proves that Adkinson won't act against the real criminals in government, just the ones who aren't in a "political family". It's wrong, but big deal in the whole picture. This probably cost the carrier maybe 5k and the county loses millions in corruption and dirty land deals and jobs and WCSO turns a blind eye.
     
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    "According to the Walton County Administrator Larry Jones, Walters will be placed on administrative leave until an internal review can be completed. “Once we became aware of these allegations, it was IMPERATIVE that the Sheriff’s office be allowed to conduct their investigation with NO INFLUENCE or INTERFERENCE from County staff.


    I WONDER..... will the results of the internal review read something similar to other results we've heard recently????

    "It is recommended that the county take steps to clarify procedures and role of employee and to discuss best practices."
     
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    Typical move!!! It's called a "Squirrel"! Let's divert everyone's attention from the real corruption. :bang: When will people catch on???
     
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    Hang tight believe me we will clean up this county and give some a bath.
     

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