Thursday, June 13, 2019

Daycare Fraud Costs Over $75,000

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 


State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Jan Coleman, former director of the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church Child Care & Preschool, after she was indicted for one count of fraud in connection with a state or federally funded program and one count of embezzlement by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney for the Mississippi 22nd District Alexander Martin. At the time of her arrest, agents delivered a demand letter worth $10,187.53 to Coleman for the cost of the investigation.

 
The Early Childhood Care & Development division of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) administers public funds directly to childcare providers to subsidize the cost to qualified families. Coleman is accused of making fraudulent claims to MDHS for children who were not enrolled in the childcare service she directed at the time she filed the claims. Coleman allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent claims worth over $75,000 from November 2014 to July 2018.

 Hazlehurst United Methodist Church Child Care & Preschool terminated Coleman in July 2018. The alleged fraud was then discovered and self-reported by the childcare provider. The case was originally investigated by MDHS. It was referred to the Auditor’s office by the Mississippi Attorney General.
 
To recover the loss of public funds, MDHS is withholding funding from the childcare provider.
 
“Coleman defrauded the taxpayers for far too long and took advantage of money intended for the benefit of children,” Auditor White said. “I am thankful for the cooperation of the various state agencies and the district attorney for our coordinated efforts in bringing her to justice.”
 
No surety bond covered Coleman’s employment. A surety bond is similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from embezzlement and corruption. Coleman will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal charges.
 
If convicted, Coleman faces up to 13 years in prison and $35,000 in fines. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney Martin.
 
Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.
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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

it NEVER stops-

Cynical Sam said...

Why in the hell do taxpayers have to pay for someone's child care? That includes Headstart (major scam), and pre-school (more taxpayer funded baby sitting).

Put a nickel between your knees and quit popping out babies that you can't afford!!

These are just more examples of programs by libtard politicians pandering for votes.

Can you say "creeping socialism?"

Anonymous said...

Anyone who logs onto this site is complicit in the cancer of destructive ignorance and hate that threatens to destroy our communities.

Anonymous said...

I am able to access this site without logging in! Am I complicit?

Not everyone accessing this site is deplorable as some are.

PittPanther said...

Someone named Cynical Sam should already know why government pays for child care. Because corporations lobbied governments to pay for child care, so that the corporate drones (sorry, I meant "workers") could get back to work immediately and make sure Mister Charlie and the rest of the executives don't see any reduction in their income.

If people stop having babies cause they can't afford them, who is gonna do all of Mister Charlie's work?

Anonymous said...

Why do racist trumptards always come to these comments to spread more ignorance? Do they actually think everyone else is buying the same BS they get spoon fed every morning on fox?

Anonymous said...

Who got the money? Unclear? Did she profit from this?

Anonymous said...

These programs are easy to s scam if the sponsoring agency doesn’t do regular unannounced audits.

Anonymous said...

I come to this site to see Dim O Crat trolls leave stupid comments.
And I don’t login either.

Anonymous said...

If a single mother, working a low paying job needs money to help pay for daycare so can she keep working in order to improve her and her child’s lot in life then I am all for it.

If a single mother, sitting on her ass needs daycare paid for by taxpayers so she can watch Jerry Springer and not be disturbed then she should be charged with fraud.

What I don’t understand is how in the world does a church daycare get funding from the taxpayer coffers to cover these costs? Leftist liberals will jump up and down screaming about separation of church and state whenever and wherever they find any inkling of government money used to for anything church related.

Anonymous said...

She looks like a chrystal Methodist

Cynical Sam and Proud of It! said...

Most of your ignoramuses are too young to see how socialism has evolved in this country. You think that all of this free shit has been available since the beginning of time.

Kindergarten, pre-school, Head Start, and tax-payer funded day care until recently.

We can thank LBJ's "great society" for this crap.

How about getting married before popping out unaffordable babies? How about the baby-daddy (this is race neutral, so get the fuck over it) raising his offspring and getting a job?

Wow, what concepts.

Anonymous said...

@1:19pm "If a single mother, working a low paying job needs money to help pay for daycare so can she keep working in order to improve her and her child’s lot in life then I am all for it."

THIS is the thinking that has F...CKED the country up. If a woman isn't certain that she or the father or both can pay for the child's needs, then they should postpone that birth and wait until THEY can. Women have come to falsely believe that "single mother" is some kind of badge of honor, when it should be ASHAMED....you have mortally FAILED your child. Either your "picker" is broken for the right man, and/or you don't even want a man in your life, only a dependent innocent child (that doesn't ask to be born) that you can control but is rather disguised as you "loving" it. Sick thinking like this (subsidized by the government) is what has created a rotten society.

Anonymous said...

@2:36pm Not all single mothers find themselves in that situation because of poor decision making on their part or because they fell prey to some roving lusty Lothario. Bad shit happens to good people too. I knew a young couple where the father was killed. Single car accident. No life insurance. Social Security death benefits helped but didn’t cover everything. She worked crap jobs, finished college and the last I heard she is an RN.

My criteria were single mother, low paying job, bettering her and her child’s lot in life. I personally can’t think of someone much more deserving. I guess your fuse blew before you read the second part I wrote about lazy and irresponsible single mothers being charged for taking advantage of the situation.

Oh yea. There are young single fathers too. Responsible ones who are in that situation by no fault of their own.

Anonymous said...

The program is a federal program. In order to qualify, the parents have to be working and they have to qualify based on income based determinations. Daycares get a fee for eligible children per day based on lots of factors. Each child has a rate, and the child has to be present in order for the daycare to be reimbursed.

Children with special needs also receive benefits.

MS tried to implement a biometrics program several years ago in order to reduce fraudulent claims, but the daycares lobbied against it.

Anonymous said...

Fitch is supposed to be the comptroller for the state.....money bleeds out the door on her watch as Treasurer. She too busy having her picture taken....

Anonymous said...

Lord, I wouldn't want my kid lookin' at that ugly mug while in daycare.

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