Case manager charged with not making Dept. of Children & Families home visits, falsifying records

Case manager charged with not making Dept. of Children & Families home visits, falsifying records

(As originally published, Fri, December 22nd 2023)

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (TND) — A former case manager with Florida’s Department of Children and Families was arrested and charged with falsifying home visit records.

The investigation into April Diamond Hawk began in June when agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement got “a criminal referral” from the DCF inspector general.

“The referral indicated that DCF suspected Hawk had falsified multiple child home visit records in DCF’s case management system,” authorities said, “and that she had submitted falsified travel mileage logs.”

The investigation found Hawk entered falsified home visits for a child she supervised on three dates: Sept. 16, 2022; Feb. 14, 2023; and March 16, 2023.

It also found she got travel reimbursements for those falsified visits.

Case manager charged with not making Dept. of Children & Families home visits, falsifying records
April Diamond Hawk was charged with 3 felony counts of falsifying DCF records, and misdemeanor counts of petit theft and official misconduct, Dec. 18, 2023. (St. Lucie Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Hawk, 52, was arrested Monday. She’s charged with three felony counts of falsifying DCF records, and misdemeanor counts of petit theft and official misconduct.

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