William Freeborn and Rebecca Walker, have been indicted in separate cases involving misconduct in office.
Theindictment alleges that between February 1, 2019 and May 17, 2020, Freeborn – who at that time was Executive Director of the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank – knowingly accepted at least $28,000 in unauthorized cash deposits for properties that did not belong to the Land Bank.
Freeborn was charged Monday with Theft by False Promise and Misapplication of Property, both Class G Felonies, and with Official Misconduct, a Class A Misdemeanor. If convicted, Freeborn could face up to five years in prison.
Freeborn left the Land Bank post in 2020. Freeborn is a former member of the Wilmington City Council and has worked as a business consultant and association director. Freeborn said he was unable to comment on the charges.
The DOJ asked anyonewho knows of illegal transactions solicited by Freeborn, or anyone else representing the Wilmington Land Bank, to call (302) 577-5400 or log on to email@example.com. Public trust complaints may also be submitted online at de.gov/dcrptcomplaint.
In the second case, the indictment alleges that between May 8, 2015 and February 3, 2020, Walker – in her capacity as Deputy Director of the Division of Forensic Science – falsified the records of multiple employees under her supervision, claiming that the employees passed alcohol tests that they never received.
Her appointment raised eyebrows since she had been involved in legislation that restructured the forensics agency, while serving in the Delaware House. The News Journal reported the position was never publicly advertised.
Walker is charged with Falsifying Business Records, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Official Misconduct, all Class A Misdemeanors, and could face up to three years in prison if convicted. Walker is currently theDirector of Nursing at the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
The Division of Forensic Science and the Land Bank both alerted the state Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust (DCRPT) regarding the actions.
The casesare being prosecuted by Director Mark Denney and Deputy Attorney General Nicole Mozee of the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust, with support and assistance from Deputy Attorney General Brian Robertson and Forensic Accountant Clyde Hartman of the DOJ’s White Collar Crime Unit. DOJ Special Investigators John Ziemba and Frank Robinson led the investigations.
“We cannot and will not tolerateviolations of the public trust,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings “We fought hard to make DCRPT a permanent part of our office, and these cases are a reminder of why its mission is so important. Nobody should be beneath justice, and nobody –no matter their title –should be above the law.”