Angela de Rocha or Rachel Whitten
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
“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