DSS case worker charged with stealing $80,000 in assistant payments

A former Henderson County social services caseworker was charged last week with stealing more than $80,000 by switching Medicaid assistance payments to her own bank account when a family became ineligible for the cash, according to arrest warrants.

Ryan Marie Dunlap, 43, of Lynwood Circle, faces 24 felony charges in connection with the scheme, which continued for four years, according to the arrest warrants. Dunlap, an income maintenance case worker, was hired by the county DSS on Sept. 23, 2013, and resigned on Oct. 18, 2019, county officials said in response to a public records request.

In 2019, Dunlap’s co-workers discovered discrepancies in her work and called for the assistance of local law enforcement. Later, at the request of local officials, Raleigh-based investigators with the Medicaid fraud unit of the SBI and the state Department of Justice took on the case.

Source: DSS case worker charged with stealing $80,000 in assistant payments / Hendersonville Lightning

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