Former Agency External Communications Director Sentenced for Faking Multiple Pregnancies
ATLANTA – Robin Folsom, former Director of External Affairs for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the Superior Court of Fulton County to one count of Identity Fraud and three counts of False Statements.
As Director of External Affairs, Folsom supervised GVRA's marketing and media communications. In October 2020, Folsom informed the human resources that she was pregnant, and eventually announced that she had given birth in May 2021. GVRA leadership later received an email from an individual claiming to be the father of the child and stating that Folsom had been mandated several weeks of rest following the delivery. Ultimately, because of Folsom's deception, she was granted 265 hours of leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, which she would not have otherwise been eligible to receive.
The judge accepted the plea on April 4, 2022, and sentenced Folsom to a total of five years to be served on probation, with a behavioral incentive date of three years under the First Offender Act. The judge also ordered Folsom to pay $12,307 in restitution to the State of Georgia and to complete 40 hours of community service, among other terms.
The Georgia Office of the Attorney General prosecuted the case.
For further information, please contact the Office of the State Inspector General at [email protected].