This Georgia Woman Was Just Charged With Faking A Pregnancy To Get Paid Time Off – Women After 40

Robin Folsom’s colleagues became suspicious when they noticed her “belly” was crooked, and she sent them conflicting photos of her fake children.

Sometimes people lie and say they are sick to skip work. But a Georgia woman named Robin Folsom went a step further when she faked a pregnancy in exchange for seven weeks of paid time off. And it wasn’t even the first time she’d lied about the birth. Now she faces three counts of false information and one count of identity fraud.

“When [Folsom’s employer] When we first sent this case to us, we thought there must have been a misunderstanding. We couldn’t believe it,” said State Inspector General Scott McAfee.

According to a press release from the Georgia Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Folsom, 43, told lengthy lies about her “pregnancy” while working as the director of external affairs at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). She informed the agency of her pregnancy in late 2020 and stated she would give birth in May 2021.

But Folsom’s colleagues quickly became suspicious. Even though Folsom had a “baby bump,” one of her co-workers noticed something was wrong about it.

“[I]In March 2021, a colleague observed the lower portion of Folsom’s abdomen “disengaging” from her body and believed Folsom was wearing a fake pregnant belly,” the press release explained.

“Furthermore, Folsom allegedly sent pictures of her new baby to various GVRA employees, but the pictures appeared to be conflicting and showed children with different skin tones.”

In fact, McAfee credits Folsom’s colleagues with identifying her scam. “The GVRA people, the human resources department, just started putting two and two together,” he said. “Things didn’t add up and luckily they didn’t dismiss it. They realized this was something more serious.”

Folsom seemed motivated primarily by paid time off. After her “birth” on May 1, 2021, a man named Bran Otmembebwe emailed executives at her agency. He claimed to be the father of Folsom’s newborn baby and said that Folsom’s doctor “ordered rest for several weeks after delivery.”

As a result, Folsom’s supervisors granted her seven weeks of paid leave “which they otherwise would not have approved.” (Until May, Georgia government employees could take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. A law signed on May 5 gave them three weeks of paid paternity leave.)

But Bran Otmembebwe was just a product of Folsom’s imagination.

“Ultimately, we found no evidence that it exists,” McAfee said. “That’s also why she was charged with identity fraud.”

This isn’t the first time Folsom has faked a pregnancy, though it’s unclear what time off she’s been given in the past. She had claimed to give birth in July 2020 as well. And in August 2021, just three months after the “birth” in question, she told her employers that she was pregnant again.

When the OIG checked in with the Office of Vital Records to review the birth certificates of Folsom’s “children,” they found “no evidence that Folsom had ever borne a child.”

After lying to investigators about Otmembebwe and the existence of her children, Folsom resigned from her position in October 2021. She is now being prosecuted and was indicted by a grand jury on February 10, 2022.

“Fraud by federal employees will not be tolerated,” Attorney General Chris Carr said after Folsom’s indictment.

“By working with Georgia’s Independent Inspector General, we were able to uncover, investigate and put an end to this alleged deception. We will always be committed to protecting taxpayers’ money and look forward to taking our case to court.” This Georgia Woman Was Just Charged With Faking A Pregnancy To Get Paid Time Off – Women After 40

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