(Washington, DC) Virginia resident Jacqueline Fripp was sentenced yesterday in DC Superior Court to serve 12 days in jail and pay $11,411.60 in restitution to the District of Columbia. She also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was placed on three years of supervised probation.
Fripp was convicted on 13 counts of False Representation after a five-day jury trial for submitting false timesheets and forging her supervisor’s signature.
District of Columbia Attorney General Linda Singer’s office prosecuted the case.
The defendant was employed as an independent contractor for Dynamix Corporation. She was hired through Dynamix to work as a financial manager for the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). To monitor hours worked, all independent contractors are required to submit weekly timesheets to a supervisor for signature.
The defendant consistently submitted inflated and inaccurate timesheets and forged her supervisor’s signature on the timesheets by photocopying his signature and then faxing the timesheets to Dynamix for payment. Dynamix in turn would pay the defendant and then submit an invoice to OCTO for her services, which amounted to an overpayment of approximately $136,000. Upon discovery of the fraud, Dynamix fired Fripp and repaid the District to preserve their business relationship.
“The District of Columbia will not tolerate fixing timesheets and cheating the clock,” Attorney General Singer said. “While the amount in this case may not seem massive, we are sending a clear message that fraud in any amount is too much.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Runako Kumbula, with the assistance of Special Agent Bernadette Todd-Atwater of the District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General.