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3 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene employees plead guilty to stealing $4,800 in gift cards

The Department of Investigation says the gift cards were meant for HIV/AIDS research participants.

News 12 Staff

Jan 12, 2024, 3:59 AM

Updated 191 days ago

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Three employees with the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene pleaded guilty to stealing gift cards meant for clients.
News 12 learned Thursday that a program planner, a former deputy director and a current fiscal analyst all plead guilty to stealing over $4,800 in gift cards meant for HIV/AIDS research participants.
One of those employees is 59-year-old Lisa Burgess-Thomas, of the Bronx.
The Department of Investigation says she specifically used over $1,500 in those stolen gift cards.
Burgess-Thomas must now resign by the end of February and pay back the money.


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