If you are a parent that requires supervision for your child during the day, you want a program that ensures your child is well cared for in a safe and healthy educational environment by qualified child care staff. As a discerning parent, you know that a child’s learning environment has an enormous impact on his or her physical, mental and emotional development. Most likely, you would research legitimate, licensed providers until you found one you could trust with teaching your progeny their ABCs and 123s, as well as appropriate behavior. An article on mlive.com details a Kalamazoo daycare owner who committed a big “No-No” by overbilling the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) for $440,000. (She obviously needs a basic refresher course in learning right from wrong.)
For more than four years, the owner of the Michigan daycare center got a little creative with her numbers and overbilled for the amount of hours children logged at her daycare center, which was licensed to have a maximum of 30 children. (Sometimes just a few hours of playtime with little kids can seem like the longest day of your life.) The story states that she intentionally submitted false information to the State of Michigan so that she could receive between $20,000 and $50,000 in state entitlements more than she was allotted to at her facility. (Criminals are never satisfied with the status quo. They always need more.)
Although the facility was fully licensed, it was previously investigated for having an improper caregiver-to-child ratio over a one week period in 2011. The problem was corrected and the daycare center’s license was renewed. The current investigation began after DHS received complaints from two families, who noticed that their allotted child care hours under Michigan’s Child Development and Care Program were disappearing at a faster rate than planned.
The daycare owner pleaded guilty to one count of false pretenses in connection with the theft of money from the Michigan DHS. Under a plea agreement, a second count of false pretenses and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime will be dismissed when sentenced in April 2014. She also agreed to make payments toward restitution of $440,887. According to the article, she will most likely get probation, but the prosecutor is reserving the right to recommend jail time.
In these hard economic times, many parents are forced to work outside of the home and often need to rely on government assistance to make ends meet when it comes to childcare. Parents who are legitimately working hard to put food on the table don’t deserve to be scammed by daycare providers who care more about the amount of money in their wallet than the welfare of children.