Feds Provide Training for In-Home Day Care for Refugees

That headline is not exactly correct!  You, the American taxpayers, pay for Day Care training so refugees who have been in the country for less than five years can have “culturally appropriate” child care, and get paid to stay home with their own kids and a few others.

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Congolese women in Iowa get federally-funded training to take care of their kids at home.

I’ve written about this grant program provided by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement over the years (see one 2015 story at RRW), but a story from Iowa (hat tip: Joanne) reminds me I should tell new readers about it especially in light of news I’ve posted here since January about how just this type of taxpayer-funded day care leads to fraud.

In one case, the day care provider paid other families to pretend to drop off kids and then the provider submitted for payment an inflated number of attendees.

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Does Minnesota Represent the Tip of the Iceberg for Day Care Assistance Fraud?

Readers may remember stories like this one from last year when law enforcement raided a Minneapolis Day Care Center.

Minneapolis daycare raided as part of massive fraud investigation

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Buffalo, NY Daycare Owner Sentenced to 12 Months for Ripping off US Taxpayers

Just before Christmas the US Justice Department announced that Tariq Butt, 42, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of theft of government funds, was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison and was ordered to pay $305,000 in restitution to the US Department of Health and Human Resources.

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So what did Butt and his wife Halima Mohammed do?

They were the owners of two day care centers with the adorable names of Twinkle Stars Day Care Center and Candyland Daycare, both located in the City of Buffalo.

In only a little over 8 months they scammed us to the tune of $305,000 via a government program known as the Child Care and Development Block Grant program when they submitted “hundreds of false and fraudulent claims” for children who did not attend the daycare.

According to the Urban Institute,

“The Child Care and Development Block Grant is a federal and state program that allows states to help low-income families pay for child care so they can work or attend a job training or educational program.”

And, get this, the program got an additional $5.8 billion from the feds in February 2018.

Gee, and Trump only wants $5 billion to secure our border.

Butts’ wife, Halima Mohammed, was previously convicted and sentenced to five months in prison and three years supervised release, to include five months home detention.

Local news reported the story on December 20th, here and here.

This story and others like it rarely make the national news.

There is no mention of nationality or immigration status of the pair.question mark