Career Coach, Jessica Anne Miller Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $68,000 From Federally Funded Workforce Development Program
CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) Jessica Anne Miller, 38, of Hickory, N.C., pleaded guilty to federal charges today for stealing more than $68,000 from a federally funded workforce development program, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler presided over the plea hearing.
Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer is joined in making this announcement by Rafiq Ahmad, Special Agent-in-Charge, Atlanta Region, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG).
According to filed plea documents and today’s court hearing, from July 2016 to November 2019, Miller was employed as a career coach by an entity contracted by a nonprofit association of local governments to provide training to job seekers, using federal funds made available by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WOIA was signed into law in 2014, and it is designed to provide qualified individuals with access to training, education, and support services, and assistance with obtaining employment. As part of WOIA, qualified individuals can also be reimbursed for certain eligible expenditures such as mileage, costs and fees, and tools of the trade, among others.