A Department of Child Services provider has been cited in a report from the Indiana Office of Inspector General for falsifying drug tests.
According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by the Call 6 Investigators, DCS contracts with Apostolic Youth & Family Services, a non-profit in Gary to perform drug tests on DCS clients.
"The drug tests are performed pursuant to court orders to ascertain the fitness of parents in DCS’ Child in Need of Services (CHINS) cases,” read the probable cause affidavit.
Police arrested Marcus Fefee, a male drug screener employed by Apostolic, on charges of forgery and theft.
Records show Fefee was paid by Apostolic for conducting 39 screens on a DCS client between August 4, 2011 and December 31, 2011.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the DSC client was in the Vermillion County Jail in Illinois during at least part of the time Fefee said he performed the drug tests.
"Defendant was paid a total of $1,033.50 for drug screens and mileage for tests he failed to perform,” read the Inspector General report.
Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney was unable to reach anyone at Apostolic for comment.
“DCS does not provide input on Inspector General investigations,” DCS Spokesperson Stephanie McFarland wrote in an email to RTV6.