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Bridgeport Caseworker charged in kickback scheme

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A caseworker at a local substance abuse treatment center has been charged with conspiring with three others to steal more than $35,000 from the center.

Nikkita Chesney, 45, of Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.

She was released after posting $50,000 bond.

“My client has cooperated with the police investigation,” said Chesney’s lawyer, Christian Young.

Chesney worked as a caseworker for Access to Recovery which is funded by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Police said Chesney was involved in a kickback scheme where she would promise clients cash in return for requesting day care services, a benefit available through the program. During the investigation, state police said they learned that numerous documents were forged to make these clients appear eligible for these benefits, when in fact they were not. It was also learned that Chesney conspired with several other individuals to complete the illicit scheme, including other program clients and two home daycare providers in Bridgeport.

The conspiracy resulted in a total of $35,197 in misappropriated funds from Access to Recovery, state police said.

Also charged were: Joyce Walker, 37, Merlisia Bennett, 59, and Rachel Lawrence, 69, all of Bridgeport, on larceny and conspiracy charges.

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