Woman gets 14 months in child care fraud case

34-year-old also ordered to pay $200,000
Woman gets 14 months in child care fraud case

A woman who built a mansion and bought a Jaguar while collecting roughly $3 million in taxpayer subsidies from her Milwaukee child care centers is sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.

Latasha Jackson, now listed as Latasha Wilder, pleaded guilty in May to fraud, theft, and conspiracy. She was also ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution during her sentencing Friday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Chief U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert said Jackson’s “greed and dishonesty” undercut the safety net that many poor people rely on.

The 34-year-old admitted she defrauded state and federal programs designed to help poor mothers go to work. Court documents show she collected money for kids who did not attend her centers.