Mecklenburg County DSS

For the second time in two months, a U.S. Attorney on Thursday charged a Mecklenburg County social worker with taking at least $10,000 in Medicaid kickbacks.

County workers Ryce Hatchett Jr. and Ieshia Watkins both participated in Medicaid fraud schemes with a mental health provider named Ronnie Robinson, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins. The alleged crimes took place from 2009 to 2012.

County Manager Harry Jones has upheld the firing of Mary Wilson, who oversaw Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.  That comes after an employee panel heard Wilson’s appeal of her termination.  

Evidence continues to surface of troubling failures in Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.  11 children whose families were under DSS supervision or had recent contact with social workers have died since 2007.   Now it’s been revealed that the County didn’t publicize the findings of a taxpayer-funded consultants’ report that recommended changes in DSS operations last year .   The Charlotte Observer has uncovered details of this story and reporter Fred Clasen-Kelly spoke with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey.

The director of Mecklenburg County's Department of Social Services has been fired.  In a news release County Manager Harry Jones Mary Wilson was terminated after "multiple meetings with the county's executive team throughout her time there."  No other details about her firing were released. Wilson led the department for four years.  Shortly after her arrival, she was criticized for hiring Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's wife after posting the job for just one day.  During her time with DSS, one person in the department were found guilty of embezzling county money.  Jones says Wilson plans to

Mecklenburg County Social Services Director Mary Wilson apologized today for how she proceeded to hire the wife of Charlotte City Councilman and mayoral candidate Anthony Foxx for a $100,000 job. But Wilson made no apologizes for spending $20,000 in public money to renovate her office. Wilson received heavy criticism last month when it was revealed how she went about hiring Samara Foxx to head the business affairs division of DSS. Wilson not only hired Foxx during a hiring freeze last July, but did so after posting the job for only one day. They had worked together at a previous job.