The Childcare and Development Fund (CCDF), which is administered under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides funds that help low-income families secure quality child care. About $5.7 billion in taxpayer dollars are spent each year to allow approved beneficiaries to receive daycare support while working or participating in training or educational classes. (But as you know, where there’s a large pot of free money available, fraudsters are willing to do whatever it takes to get their share.)
Today’s fraudster is a St. Louis woman who applied for money available through the CCDF despite the fact she was not working or attending school. By consistently filling out and submitting paperwork listing the fake classes she supposedly attended, she collected nearly $50,000 over several years. (She didn’t have to show proof of registration or a transcript?)
The goal of the CCDF program is to enable low-income parents, who work or are enrolled in school, to gain valuable skills and become self-sufficient. The idea is that education and better jobs eventually enable these folks to no longer require government assistance. (The government is not an endless source of free money, although some may argue that point.)
The deceptive woman who used her status as a mother to fraudulently collect government money pleaded guilty to felony charges of defrauding the CCDF; however, she promptly told a reporter that she had done nothing wrong. (Someone is not telling the truth. Let me guess who.)
The news story about today’s criminal cites an HHS investigator who says this offender is one of five defendants charged with the same offense in St. Louis last year. (I wonder how they all had the same idea? I guess news about stealing money from the government travels fast.)
While this woman only got a very small portion of Missouri’s $100 million allotment for the year, she prevented legitimate applicants from receiving funds they deserved. (If criminals continue to steal from the same fund, then honest, hard-working individuals can’t get the help they need.) We don’t know what this woman’s punishment will be, but let’s hope she can receive some training and education on how to better herself without stealing from others.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Guilty plea spotlights fraud in government childcare assistance program” posted on KMOV.com on July 17, 2017.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis woman pleaded guilty to felony charges of defrauding a federal program that provides taxpayer dollars to help pay for childcare.
The goal of the program is to enable parents to work or attend school so they can become self-sufficient and eventually no longer need government assistance. The program provides about $5.7 billion a year to help low-income families pay for daycare. It is available only to parents who are working or enrolled in college.