Former Jefferson County caseworker pleads guilty to falsifying reports

Richelle Schultz (Photo: First Judicial District Attorney)

GOLDEN, Colo. — A former caseworker with Jefferson County Human Services pleaded guilty to two felony counts of falsifying information in child abuse and neglect complaints, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty to attempt to influence a public servant and forgery.

Schultz worked for the Jefferson County Department of Human Services from Dec. 1, 2015, to July 31, 2016, and was trained to investigate complains of child abuse and neglect.

After Schultz left the department, it was discovered she entered false information for 12 cases.

In those cases, Schultz reported she interviewed a victim, family member and/or witness in person and/or on the telephone when she had not.

The department reviewed the 12 cases and found there were no unresolved safety issues. All of the cases were closed.

In September, Schultz was indicted. She will be sentenced March 5 and faces up to nine years in prison.