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Fired Oklahoma child welfare worker charged with theft

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fired Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare worker has been charged with stealing nearly $3,700 from three disabled foster children. Three felony counts of financial exploitation of a disabled child were filed Monday against 38-year-old Michelle Fausett of Oklahoma City. A working telephone number for Fausett could not be located Saturday. Online court records show a warrant has been issued for her arrest — but do not list an attorney for her and county jail records do not list her as an inmate. Oklahoma County prosecutors say Fausett used federal disability payments to the children in order to buy video game systems, laptop computers and televisions. The Oklahoman reports that Fausett was fired on January 20th for dereliction of duty because she stopped coming to work.