UPDATE: Woman contracted with CPS scams two families; victim speaks out
Kelley Justice hid her face from WSAZ's camera on her way to jail. It comes after West Virginia State Police say they caught her in the act, minutes after she accepted bribe money from one of two Boone County families she solicited.
Troopers say that while Justice was doing contracted work for Child Protective Services, doing home visits and consultations with parents, she requested hundreds of dollars in exchange for making their CPS complaint disappear.
"We were scared cause she told us I can make it hard on you all," one of the victims explains, a mother of two who lives in Boone County. "And then we started thinking the worst," she says. The woman asked not to be identified.
Troopers are in the process of filing more charges against Justice. She is already facing a felony bribery charge.
The woman who spoke to WSAZ, minutes after telling her story to investigators, says Justice worked a CPS case involving her family several months ago. Friday, she says she got a call from Justice telling her the family had another case opened against them.
"That she has done it to one other person besides us. And she gets paid $1,200. If we would pay her $600, she would make it all go away," the woman says.
At the time of the West Virginia State Police sting Wednesday morning, Justice was employed by Better Tomorrows, a company contracted by West Virginia DHHR, the agency overseeing child protective services in the state. WSAZ reached out to the company, who says they were unaware of Justice's alleged behavior and immediately terminated her.
"It's real frustrating. These kids are out here living in these environments and they need the help from the system," Sgt. Charles Sutphin with West Virginia State Police says. "This lady here is using them basically as prey to obtain money and to further herself. It's just pretty amazing that somebody would be gutsy enough to try to operate a scam like that."
Better Tomorrows, which operates out of Mercer County, says Justice was only employed with the group for nine months.
The West Virginia DHHR says they plan to suspend Better Tomorrows contract as they investigate.
A woman working for Child Protective Services is facing felony charges after a sting operation in Boone County, West Virginia.
A Fayette County woman, Kelley Justice, 44, is charged with bribery.
West Virginia State Police troopers say Justice works for Better Tomorrows Family Services and is contracted to work for Child Protective Services by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
She’s accused of soliciting a family in Boone County that she was previously working with on a CPS case. Troopers say Justice told the family she could make their current CPS case ‘’go away’’ for $1,200.
State police conducted a sting operation on Justice Wednesday morning and say she accepted money in connection with the solicitation. She was then arrested.
Troopers believe Justice has tried to scam a family at least one other time, and the investigation is ongoing.
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