11 GET PRISON FOR THEFT FROM KID-CARE SYSTEM AUTHORITIES: DEFENDANTS STOLE $1.25 MILLION IN SCAM.
Byline: TROY ANDERSON Staff Writer
In the largest child-care fraud case since the local grand jury described the taxpayer-funded system as an ``ATM for thieves List of Thieves. Famous
But that is just a drop in the bucket of an estimated $5 billion in taxpayer funds lost statewide since 1998, said James A. Baker, assistant head deputy in the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County District Attorney's Office.
The grand jury interviewed more than 100 people, took secret testimony and reported that up to 50 percent of the money expended ex·pend
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2. could be lost to fraud, Baker said. It could even be higher than the $5 billion total since ``real efforts to combat fraud began here only in 2004 and many counties will not even address the issue,'' he added.
In June, the grand jury said widespread abuse of child-care programs for welfare recipients was defrauding taxpayers of $500 million a year.
The scam (SCSI Configured AutoMatically) A subset of Plug and Play that allows SCSI IDs to be changed by software rather than by flipping switches or changing jumpers. Both the SCSI host adapter and peripheral must support SCAM. See SCSI. typically involves welfare-to-work recipients who fabricate employers or exaggerate work hours to qualify for taxpayer-financed child care. Then they split the money with friends and relatives who claim to be caring for the children, authorities said.
David Sommers, spokesman for county Supervisor Don Knabe Donald R. Knabe (born October 15, 1943 in Illinois) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, serving the Fourth District, a crescent shaped district that covers the coastline from Marina Del Rey southward to Long Beach, and southeastern Los Angeles County to , said the supervisor has been working with state lawmakers on a bill to address loopholes in the law that would allow the state to tackle child-care fraud more aggressively.
The bill died this year, but Knabe hopes it will be reintroduced in December or next year.
In the most recent case, Carolyn Burns, 38, of Altadena, was sentenced to seven years in prison. A total of 13 people were charged in three cases and all were convicted of felony felony (fĕl`ənē), any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. grand theft.
Of the 13, 11 have been sentenced from 16 months to six years in prison.
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Burns, with the assistance of others, prepared false pay receipts for Price Residential, Baker wrote.
The children of the employees then qualified for child care at Burns' home, for which she received a license as Burns Family Day Care, Baker wrote.
In addition, Burns verified that some of the co-conspirators were employed at her day-care business so their children, along with her children, would qualify for child care paid to her sister, Suzette Burns, 39, of Highland Park Highland Park.
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