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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEBRASKA STATE PATROL
www.nsp.state.ne.us
Contact: Deb Collins 402-479-4985
Jeanne Atkinson (DHSS) 402-471-8287
May 23, 2008

Search Warrant Served on Omaha Business

Sound bites from Todd Landry, director of the DHHS Division of Children and Family Services, are available at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/audio.aspx

(Lincoln, NE)- On Friday, May 23, 2008, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Nebraska State Patrol, Troop A-Omaha Investigative Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) served a search warrant at SIGMA Treatment Foster Care, Inc. at 5620 Ames Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska. SIGMA Inc. is being investigated for fraudulent activities involving the State of Nebraska.

The investigation began after the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received a tip on potential financial improprieties involving SIGMA Treatment Foster Care, Inc. and contacted the Nebraska State Patrol.

"Our investigators have been working on this case for several weeks," said Investigative Services Major David Sankey. "At the present time we have made no arrests. We will process any evidence obtained today and continue our investigation."

"We have a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure the proper use of state dollars," said Todd Landry, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in DHHS.

SIGMA Inc. which is owned and operated by 40-year-old Donna Adams of Omaha, provides intensive family preservation, family support and visitation services, agency supported foster care (in Lincoln and Omaha), and treatment foster care for DHHS. There are currently 90 children and youth placed in 38 SIGMA foster homes.

"The safety of children and youth served by SIGMA has not been at issue," Landry said. "However, DHHS staff will personally visit all children and youth today who are involved in the SIGMA foster care program to ensure their safety and well-being."