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Posted on: September 18, 2017

Former Caseworker with Jeffco Human Services Indicted on 22 Counts

Richelle Schultz

The Jefferson County Grand Jury has returned a 22-count indictment accusing a former child welfare caseworker of falsifying information in twelve child abuse and neglect complaints. Richelle Schultz, DOB: 6-28-64, has been charged with 12 counts of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (F4) and 10 counts of Forgery (F5). These offenses are alleged to have occurred between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016.

Ms. Schultz was employed by the Jefferson County Department of Human services between December 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. According to the indictment, she was trained to investigate complaints alleging child abuse and neglect. This training included instruction on interviewing the alleged victim, family, and/or witness in person and/or over the phone. The content of the interviews was to be recorded in the State of Colorado’s Trails database. Ms. Schultz was also supposed to meet with her supervisor to review the investigation before it was determined whether additional investigation was necessary.

In July, 2016 Ms. Schultz terminated her employment with the Department of Human Services. According to the indictment, following Ms. Schultz’s resignation, a review of her cases was conducted. It was determined that Ms. Schultz entered false information into the database regarding 12 cases. In the 12 cases she reported that she had interviewed the victim, family, and/or witnesses in person and/or on the telephone, when she had not.

The information in the database constitutes a significant source of information for caseworker supervisors when making decisions on how to proceed in cases.

Following a review of the 12 cases in which Ms. Schultz allegedly entered erroneous information, supervisors confirmed that there were no unresolved safety issues and all cases were closed.

The indictment was returned on September 1, 2017. Ms. Schultz turned herself in to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on September 15. She posted $25,000 bond on September 16 and is due in court on October 2 at 8:00 a.m.

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