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Newsroom SRS Secretary Siedlecki names new director of fraud investigations

Angela de Rocha or Rachel Whitten
(785) 296-3271              

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki announced Monday the appointment of attorney Kenley Thompson as Director of Fraud Investigations for SRS.

“Ken’s prosecutorial experience and stellar record as a fraud investigator made him the top candidate for this position,” Secretary Siedlecki said. “His expertise is sorely needed.”

In naming Thompson to this position, Secretary Siedlecki reactivated a program that was discontinued by a previous administration.

“Over the years, fewer and fewer resources have been assigned to combatting fraud and that is going to change starting today with Ken’s hiring,” Secretary Siedlecki said. 

“We are assigning scarce resources to beefing up this area in order to ensure that the folks who get benefits are the ones who need and deserve them. I believe going after fraud, waste and abuse will go a long way toward rebuilding the public’s trust in government,” the Secretary said.

Thompson will be responsible for leading and coordinating all SRS efforts to combat fraud in every program area the department administers. He will work closely with SRS staff to establish and conduct all related activities, including the management of agency investigators, the preparation of civil and criminal litigation, and the oversight of a comprehensive informational campaign involving all stakeholder groups.

Thompson most recently served as regional attorney for SRS’ 11-county Southeast Region, working out of the Chanute office. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.

A native of Neodesha, Kansas, Thompson attended Pittsburg State University and Washburn University School of Law. He has practiced law since 1989.