November 17, 2016
A former Department of Children and Family Services subcontractor went to jail this week for tampering with public records related to case work.
Denny Kern was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Wednesday and charged with a a 3rd-degree felony.
NBC2 is looking into his arrest and has learned from DCF that Kern was hired by Lutheran Services in April 2013.
Lutheran Services subcontracts case management work through the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, which is funded by DCF.
The FDLE says that between March 5 and May 11, 2015, “on one or more occasions,” Kern altered or destroyed public records.
Here’s why that matters: The DCF investigates families and children who may be at risk and generates reports based on what it learns. The information can be used in court proceedings that could affect the custody of a child.
In a statement, DCF calls the falsification of records unacceptable.
Kern was fired by Lutheran Services in May 2015. A DCF spokesperson said 100% of his cases were then reviewed by Lutheran Services.
The Florida Office of Inspector General is also investigating the alleged crimes committed by Kern.
A DCF spokesperson said the inspector general is in the process of finalizing its report.
Kern was released from jail on Thursday. [VIEW NBC2’s REPORT]