The Children's Home Society of Florida says David R. Shelton of Panama City was a subcontracted counselor. Tuesday, Shelton went to jail.
According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Shelton used fake diplomas from Troy State University and Lindenwood University to get a higher paying job with the society.
Michelle Flaat, the executive director at the Children's Home Society, says Shelton provided a detailed resume when he was hired as a subcontracted counselor. Flaat says Shelton worked in family services for eight years in Bay County, but only six months with the Children's Home Society before the discrepancies were discovered and he was immediately let go.
Ruth Sasser with the Bay County Sheriff's Office says they are charging Shelton with grand theft for essentially "stealing" his salary.
"The reason we charged him with grand theft is because he misrepresented himself by presenting these fraudulent academic papers, thereby qualifying for a greater salary than he would have had he not had the fraudulent papers," says Ruth.
According to the police report, Shelton had billed Medicaid $70,000 for services that the Children's Home Society has to pay back. We learned Thursday that is inaccurate and Medicaid is actually still investigating the situation.
According to court records, this is not Shelton's first run-in with the law. He has charges ranging from petty theft to several charges of passing worthless checks.