Former Foster Care Computer Consultant Sentenced to 33 Month in Jail for Scheme to Defraud NYC Administration for Children’s Services

July 21, 2009 – – LEV L. DASSIN, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and ROSE GILL HEARN, the
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation
(“DOI”), announced that PHILBERT GORRICK, a former computer
consultant for a foster care provider, was sentenced today to 33
months in prison for his role in defrauding the New York City
Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”) of $375,000 in ACS
funds that were intended to assist needy children. GORRICK
pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud ACS on February 11, 2009,
before United States Magistrate Judge JAMES C. FRANCIS. Today’s
sentence was imposed by United States District Judge BARBARA S.

According to the Indictment and Complaint previously
filed in this case, as well as statements made during GORRICK’s
guilty plea and sentencing proceedings: ACS is the New York City agency responsible for providing services to needy children and their families. Among other things, ACS administers payments to not-for-profit agencies
that find and provide child care subsidies to foster parents.
ACS administers approximately $42 million in monthly payments to
not-for-profit foster care agencies.

Concord Family Services, Inc. was a not-for-profit foster care agency that, from 1990 through 2008, ACS paid to provide foster care services to needy children in New York City.During the period 2005 to 2008 alone Concord had three contracts under which ACS paid Concord $28 million for these services.

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