Former Director Josephine Ulengchong of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has been charged by the Office of Special Prosecutor on four (4) counts. The counts include two (2) felony and two (2) misdemeanor charges.
The charges include Count One of Misconduct in Public Office, a Class B felony punishable for up to ten (10) years imprisonment and not more than a $25,000 fine or both upon conviction. Count Two charge is Theft of Government Property in the First Degree, also a Class A felony charge carrying punishment upon conviction of up to 25 years imprisonment and up to $50,000 fine or both. Counts three and four are misdemeanor charges of Code of Ethics violation, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
These violations allegedly ranged from 2010 until the search warrant was executed on June 22, 2021. Four former staff including former Director Ulengchong were charged with similar counts, Code of Ethics violation, Misconduct in Public Office, and Theft of Government Property in the First Degree.
The charging document alleges that the defendant Ulengchong acted illegally under the color of office, misused funds approved, or directed the misuse of public funds in violation of the law.
Ms. Ulengchong pled not guilty to the above charges.
The defendant in this article is innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.