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LIMA — Another woman connected to a day care fraud case has been sentenced to probation.

Qwantilla Bagley, 32, was sentenced to four years probation, ordered to pay back $1,000 she stole from the Allen County Department of Job and Family Services, and perform 40 hours of community service. She also was given a suspended 180-day jail sentence.

Bagley pleaded guilty to attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records, and misdemeanor theft.

She was one of five women who worked for fraud ringleader Nekosha James-Mitchell, who last week was sentenced to four years in prison.

Judge Jeffrey Reed of Allen County Common Pleas Court gave Bagley credit for being the only person to fully admit to her role in the day care fraud scheme. She admitted to falsifying hours that she never worked at one of the two day care centers owed by James-Mitchell. The fraud included reporting her children were at a center when they were not.

“I just appreciate the honesty,” Reed said.

But Bagley showed perhaps too much honesty when the judge asked her why she scammed the system.

“I felt like I was cheated out of my check,” she said. “I was behind on my bills. At the time, I didn’t think about it like it was wrong.”

But Bagley said she has learned her lesson.

“I just want to apologize for what I did,” she said. “I know what I did was wrong and I’m trying to put it behind me.”

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