Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Day Care Director Given Up to 4 Years for Fraud

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Day Care Director Given Up to 4 Years for Fraud

Article excerpt

A joint investigation by the state police and Office of Inspector General has led to the conviction of 11 people as part of a welfare fraud scam in Mercer County.

According to investigators, a woman running two Mercer County day care facilities was submitting false child-care records and claiming false employees to receive additional compensation from the state. The allegations dated from 2001 through 2008.

Kelley M. Culp, 48, of Hermitage, who ran Kelley Culp Daycare and Kelley Culp Daycare Too -- both on Emerson Avenue in Farrell -- will spend 16 to 48 months in prison and must also serve 10 years probation.

In addition, she must pay $570,000 restitution after pleading guilty to theft by deception and criminal conspiracy.

The other 10 defendants in the case, who received cash assistance or subsidized child-care benefits, all were sentenced to probation.

Investigators with the state police and inspector general's office said Ms. Culp conspired with welfare recipients to claim that their children were being cared for at her two day care centers when they were not. …

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