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The state of Washington promotes employment by providing child care subsidies to eligible low-income working families through the Working Connections Child Care program. The program uses government funds to provide approximately $300 million in subsidies annually. An in-home daycare provider reverted to childish ways when she used her business to defraud the state program out of $250,000. (It seems she was adept at taking things that did not belong to her and didn’t play well with others.)

According to the story, the woman, who ran her home day care business for more than a decade, claimed that she cared for two dozen children each day between two 12-hour shifts. (I bet she had quite a headache by the end of the day.) She admitted to submitting false reports to the state’s Department of Social and Health Services seeking $250,000 in reimbursement. (In these reports, she embellished the number of hours that she provided care, falsified daily log-in sheets and forged parent signatures when no care was actually provided.)

The 52-year-old former child care provider pleaded guilty to theft of public funds. She is looking at a 12- to 18-month prison sentence and has agreed to pay back $250,000 to the state program.

This woman was naïve to think that she could get away with stealing government funds from low-income families who were actually trying to earn a living so they could provide for their families. (There’s no doubt that the justice system will force her to put away her childish ways and behave like an adult.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Home Daycare Provider Pleads Guilty In $250,000 Fraud Case,” published by NW News Network on April 21, 2016.

A Washington daycare provider has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Working Connections Child Care program to the tune of $250,000. The plea was entered Thursday in federal court in Seattle.

According to the plea agreement, Hindia Yusuf ran a home daycare in Covington, Washington, since 2005. During much of this time she claimed to be caring for 24 children each day split between two 12-hour shifts. Yusuf has admitted that between 2012 and 2014, she submitted false reimbursement reports to Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services totaling an estimated $250,000.

The state cracked down on these cases five years ago and this is the biggest one yet.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.