Region 8 Man Accused of Misusing Money Earmarked for Foster Kids Fund

JUNE 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Independence County prosecutor has filed felony charges against a former supervisor of the state's Children and Family Services Division for allegedly spending money for foster children on himself.

Brian M. Brokaw, 34, of Melbourne, is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery.

Brokaw is accused of using about $1,500 intended for foster children to make personal purchases.  In a telephone interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday, Brokaw denied the charges.  He says the investigation is a "witch hunt" that was retaliation for a sex-discrimination complaint he's made.

An audit conducted by the state last year found problems with the Independence County Children's Fund, which was established to use private donations to buy items for foster children.  The audit found a lack of documentation for some purchases and other questionable purchases, including tires, a $278 digital camera, pet supplies, a cordless drill and men's health magazines bought with Wal-Mart gift cards.

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