DeKalb County will pay $750,000 for allegedly mishandling funds for an on-the-job training program.

The money will resolve alleged civil claims under federal law that occurred between 2013 and 2016. According to the allegations, former WorkSource DeKalb officials improperly administered a WorkSource DeKalb funds.

WorkSource DeKalb provides job training and apprenticeships through federal grants. But according to U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak of the Northern District of Georgia, some of that money was misused to increase the salaries of county employees.

The settlement was the result of a coordinated effort by the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia and DeKalb County officials.

CEO Michael Thurmond stated the conduct occurred prior to his administration and he initiated a departmental review of WorkSource DeKalb months before the federal investigation began.

The review resulted in the removal of the former manager, Cheryl Stone, and other senior staff. A new director, Theresa Austin-Gibbons, was appointed in April 2018.

According to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “As part of its settlement with the United States, DeKalb County has also entered into a Corrective Action Plan with the Department of Labor, in which the county will be subject to reporting and monitoring requirements related to its administration of the OJT Program.”

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