LIMA — The final two defendants in one day-care fraud case have pleaded guilty to charges, while two other women in a similar case appeared in court Tuesday.
Brenda Brown, 36, pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony, tampering with records, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor theft. She will be sentenced at a later date.
Qwantilla Bagley, 32, pleaded guilty to attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and tampering with records, both third-degree felonies, and misdemeanor theft. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1.
Magnolia Clay, 29, was resentenced to two years probation but will not have to report to a probation officer. She moved to Minnesota, and the probation department in that state refused to monitor her for Ohio, so Judge Jeffrey Reed said he would monitor her.
Reed told Clay she must not get in trouble, maintain a job and pay $500 restitution to the Allen County Department of Job and Family Services. Should Clay get in trouble or not comply with terms of the sentence, Reed could sentence her to six years in prison.
The three women were charged in connection with a day-care fraud scheme run by Nekosha James-Mitchell. James-Mitchell was convicted at a jury trial of various charges and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
James-Mitchell ran two centers, All Together We Grow, 431 S. Prospect St., and Kosha’s Kinder Care, 1137 Simon St. She used the women to list their children in the program to get state money. In exchange, James-Mitchell cut the women in on some of the money she received from the state.
Investigators estimated James-Mitchell’s operations cost taxpayers $170,000 a year.
In another day-care fraud case, Chasity Snyder was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $1,700 restitution. She had pleaded guilty to attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records and theft.
Snyder’s case was connected to the operations of other day care centers for fraud.
Lauren Wisswell, 29, pleaded guilty to attempted tampering with records, a fourth-degree felony and misdemeanor theft. She was sentenced to 90 days jail with that term suspended as long as she pays $750 restitution by Dec. 31.
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