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LIMA — Ten people charged in an alleged day care fraud scheme that authorities said cost taxpayers thousands of dollars pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges against them.An 11th person, Lauren Wisswell, 29, was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft. She will have an arraignment at a later date. She is accused of participating in the alleged scheme with the other 10 people. Three people operating four day care facilities were named as the principals, and the other eight are said to be employees of the centers.Those charged were accused of participating in a scheme that billed the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for day care services in Lima. The day care centers in question are:• Building Blocks Daycare at 519 Flanders Ave.• BBC Childcare at 1001 Albert St.• Chewy's Bright Beginnings at 725 S. Pine St. • Unnamed at 2394 E. Fourth St. The following people entered not guilty pleas to the listed charges:•Angelique Suarez-Williams, 35, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, four counts of tampering with records, three counts of theft and two counts of forgery.•Melissa Fuqua, 40, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, three counts of tampering with records and three counts of theft.•Darwin Fuqua, 39, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, three counts of tampering with records and three counts of theft.•Jacqueline Bishop, 40, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft.•Teresa Nordaker, 31, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft.•Chasity Snyder, 23, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft.•Sarah Zapp-McGee, 30, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft.•Tina M. Reeves, 32, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft.•Kalandra West, 21, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of petty theft.•Jerrica Carter, 27, one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of tampering with records and one count of theft.Suarez-Williams and the Fuquas, who are husband and wife, operated the four facilities, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. State and local agents conducted surveillance on the locations and found the defendants worked together to submit inaccurate billing sheets to the local Job and Family Services agency. All are free on signature bonds and all except Wisswell were assigned pretrial dates within the next month. Wisswell will receive a pretrial date once she enters a plea.This case is the latest to be filed alleging day care fraud. Earlier this week, a second woman pleaded guilty in another day care fraud scheme in which five people were indicted in December. Authorities said Nekosha James-Mitchell was the principal player in the scheme and operated two centers. Authorities said James-Mitchell and the other four women participated in a scheme that cost taxpayers more than $170,000 a year. James-Mitchell is scheduled to stand trial June 5.You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.



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