Defendant Accused of  Bilking Agency Out of $20K In Purchases

July 19, 2013

Atlanta– A Fulton County Grand Jury has indicted a former Deputy Director of Operations with the Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) on 35 counts of identity fraud. The indictment, handed down on Tuesday, accuses 42-year-old Benjamin Hopkins of using his purchasing privileges with a government vendor to buy tens of thousands of dollars in electronic equipment for his personal use.

The alleged scheme came to light in November 2010 when a representative for Global Government Education Solutions, the DOCs vendor, became suspicious following the purchase of an Xbox gaming system and two IPods. The Department of Corrections launched an internal investigation regarding those purchases and determined 35 other unauthorized purchases totaling $20,374.91 had been made over the course of nearly two years. Hopkins was interviewed, admitted making unauthorized purchases and later terminated.

Following the Grand Jury indictment warrants were issued for Mr. Hopkins arrest. The case will now be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and scheduled for trial. The case is being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.

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