Day care operator convicted in fraud scheme

Jul 18, 2012

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the owner of two state-funded day care operations in northwest Ohio has been convicted of fraudulently billing the state for thousands of dollars in care that wasn't provided.

DeWine says the conviction this week of Nekosha James-Mitchell of Lima (LY'-muh) means 10 people in that area have been convicted or pleaded guilty in fraudulent day care cases. Six more were indicted. James-Mitchell was convicted on 13 counts, including theft and records tampering. Prosecutors allege James-Mitchell worked with four mothers to fraudulently bill the state for the care of 17 children. Those women also have been charged. DeWine says his office won't tolerate people stealing from a system meant to help struggling parents.