Del. public health official acquitted on misconduct charges
DOVER, Del. – A high-ranking Delaware medical official and former state lawmaker charged with official misconduct and falsifying business records was acquitted by a Superior Court judge on Thursday.
Following a bench trial, the judge found Rebecca Walaker not guilty on all charges.
Walker, who is the director of nursing in the state Division of Public Health and a former state House representative, was accused of submitting false records regarding employee alcohol and drug testing over a period of nearly five years while she served as deputy director of the state Division of Forensic Science.
The indictment alleged that between May 2015 and February 2020, Walker, “with the intent to defraud” falsified employee substance abuse testing records, indicating that employees had passed tests they never received.
Walker was placed on paid administrative leave from her nursing position after being indicted in April 2021 but was allowed to return to work less than three weeks later.