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Trial for woman accused of stealing money from DHR begins in August

Angel Gieske is accused of theft and theft by deception. (Source: Walker Co. Sheriff's Office) Angel Gieske is accused of theft and theft by deception. (Source: Walker Co. Sheriff's Office)

We first told you about a woman claiming to be a doctor who is accused of faking it all to counsel children.
She had no credentials, but was still able to collect thousands in tax dollars working for Alabama's Department of Human Resources in child custody cases for seven years.
Angel Gieske is facing indictments in four counties where she worked with DHR to counsel children. Gieske will go on trial in August in Colbert county first.
Our investigation began with one woman, Tina Grosch who was determined to not lose custody of her children.

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However, she couldn't sway a judge after hearing compelling testimony from a clinical behavioral specialist that said otherwise. After losing custody, Grosch helped WAFF expose a massive case of "faking the system."
Angel Gieske is charged with theft by deception and theft of stolen property in Lauderdale, Colbert, Walker and Franklin counties.
Gieske is accused of posing as a licensed clinical specialist and fraudulently collecting thousands in Medicaid funds.
In 2014, we sat down with Tina Grosch who told us at the time, "Almost all of my rights have been removed, I see my children every other Sunday for three hours."
After two years of fighting for custody Grosch said, "I've chosen as a parent to stop fighting for custody of my children. I believe that if I went to court and sunk all the time, the money and the effort into it that I would be justified, but I can't justify to continue to put my children through that and I won't."
Angel Gieske was used as an expert witness in Grosch's ugly custody battle with her ex-husband. It was Gieske's testimony as a clinical specialist with a doctorate that a Colbert county judge sided with to remove Grosch's parental rights.
"I don't even want to try to understand how she can justify her actions," added Grosch.
Especially after we discovered Gieske used forged documents - a license and a university transcript of her doctorate she never earned to become an approved counselor for children with DHR. Gieske was able to collect $864,416 by billing Medicaid for her services.
DHR admitted no one double checked her credentials before approving her to work in multiple custody cases and advise the court on terminating parental rights.
"DHR hasn't rectified anything in any of the cases," said Grosch.
DHR has not reviewed or changed the outcome of any cases involving Gieske's evaluation in child custody disputes. Also, DHR has never provided WAFF with the number of cases Gieske worked on during her 7 years with DHR from 2006 through 2013.
During that time, we know DHR received two complaints from clients working with Gieske but has never disclosed what those complaints were.
"I don't know how many lives that woman has affected but it's bigger than one woman," explained Grosch.
"The voting citizens, pay attention to who you vote for on your local branches. I voted every year, every year, for the judge that put this sentence on me," said Grosch.
She even held a silent protest outside the Colbert county courthouse over it.
Grosch said it's about changing family rights in this state. She's even lobbied with the Alabama Family Rights Association to reform the law.
DHR did make one change after WAFF's story.
They now require degrees and transcripts be sent directly from the college or university to DHR headquarters to prevent fake counselors and psychologists from ever slipping through to work with children.

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