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Social Worker Extortion
October 31, 2008 permalink
In most of the hundreds of cases reported to us directly, a caseworker has threatened a parent with a statement of the form: "I will take your children unless you ...", followed by some often-frivolous demand, such as changing a lock or cleaning the fridge. A California caseworker has been arrested for the same offer, the difference being that her demand was for cash. If all forms of extortion were prosecuted, most Ontario CAS caseworkers would be behind bars.
Yuba CPS Worker Arrested for Extortion, Bribery
ROCKLIN, CA - Bail has been set at half a million dollars for a Yuba County Child Protective Services worker accused of extortion and bribery, say Placer authorities.
Yolanda Perez Fryson, 41, was taken into custody in Rocklin Thursday night, said Placer County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Dena Erwin.
Fryson is alleged to have told a Placer County man he was suspected of child sexual and physical abuse. Erwin said the suspect told the man she could make the charges disappear for $10,000.
The man reported Fryson to Yuba County authorities who contacted the Placer County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff detectives worked with the man to set up a meeting with Fryson. Once Fryson accepted the bribery money with detectives watching, she was arrested, Erwin said.
Fryson has been on leave from the Yuba County CPS since June. When sheriff investigators searched her home after the arrest, Erwin said they found her CPS badge which she had reported as stolen or lost in 2005.
Fryson was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of extortion, bribery and possession of stolen property, according to Erwin.
Source: News10/KXTV, California