North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 10, 2013

Yvonne Foreman reaches plea deal in federal embezzlement, fraud case

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

BIRMINGHAM — A Fultondale woman has entered a plea agreement in a federal criminal case.

Yvonne Foreman, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of theft or embezzlement from employment training funds, according to documents filed with U.S. District Court in Birmingham last week.

Four other charges against Foreman were dropped as a result of the plea deal.

Foreman and a Midfield woman, Darlene Cockrell, were both charged with fraudulently obtaining federal funds through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a jobs program that dates back to the Clinton administration. Prosecutors said that Foreman operated a firm called A Plus Tutoring, which entered into WIA contracts with the Jefferson County Commission and its workforce development office from 2006 to 2008.

In the plea agreement, Foreman admits that A Plus submitted payment requests for tutoring service that had not been performed, and for expenses that were not incurred.

Per the agreement, Foreman will make restitution to the county for $36,987.97.

Foreman will be sentenced on July 18. She could face prison sentences up to a maximum of 22 years and/or total fines of $500,000, but will likely be much lower.

Cockrell will also be required to pay restitution, in the amount of $52,539. She will be sentenced on April 29.