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14 charged with child care fraud in Rockland

Three of 12 charged in child care fraud

Three of 12 charged in child care fraud in Rockland County. Photo Credit: Rockland District Attorney's office

Fourteen people are accused of cheating Rockland County out of more than $229,000 in child care funds since 2007, leaving hundreds of needy families waiting in line to receive help, officials said. The suspects, ranging in age from 25 to 42, used clever ways to scoop up the funds from the Rockland County Department of Social Services, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, including lying about income and residency. Twelve of the suspects have been arraigned, and three already have pleaded guilty, Zugibe said. Law enforcement officials are still working to track down the remaining two. (April 25, 2013)

Tishana Keene, 25, of Chestnut Ridge, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Tishana Keene, 25, of Chestnut Ridge, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Pamela Phillips, 41, of Monroe, is one of
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Pamela Phillips, 41, of Monroe, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Nathalie Antoine, 23, of Spring Valley, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Nathalie Antoine, 23, of Spring Valley, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Mendel Kirsh, 35, of Monsey, is one of
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Mendel Kirsh, 35, of Monsey, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Jessica Ortega, 30, of the Bronx, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Jessica Ortega, 30, of the Bronx, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Dion Wilfong, 30, of Spring Valley, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Dion Wilfong, 30, of Spring Valley, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Christina Huffman, 28, of Spring Valley, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Christina Huffman, 28, of Spring Valley, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Charity Casey, 37, of Stony Point, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Charity Casey, 37, of Stony Point, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Barbara Jordan, 25, of Spring Valley, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Barbara Jordan, 25, of Spring Valley, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Azuka Tuke, 35, of Stony Point, is one
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Azuka Tuke, 35, of Stony Point, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

Amy Dellolio Lynam, 29, of Pearl River, is
Photo Credit: Rockland County district attorney's office

Amy Dellolio Lynam, 29, of Pearl River, is one of 14 people charged by the Rockland County district attorney's office with illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds. (April 25, 2013)

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