North Mankato Woman Illegally Received $93,000 In Child Care Assistance Funds, Say Charges

A 48-year-old woman from North Mankato stands accused of illegally collecting tens of thousands of dollars from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), for kids who were not in her child care.

Shawna Lea Wolfe has now been charged with 25 counts of Wrongfully Obtaining Assistance-Theft-Child Care. Twenty-two of those charges are felonies.

Investigators say Wolfe received more than $93,000 to which she was not entitled, related to the care of kids from 24 families from Nicollet, Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties between 2008 and 2015.

According to the complaint, the children from those families were enrolled in a day care that operated on the first floor of Wolfe’s home, while Wolfe had her own child care operation in the upper level. The woman who ran the day care on the first floor was not eligible to receive CCAP funds, so Wolfe illegally submitted the claims for reimbursement for those children even though she was not their provider.

Court documents say Wolfe claimed she thought this was allowed, but investigators say letters were sent in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2010, indicating that was against the law. She was also given the program requirements each time she applied or reapplied to receive CCAP payments.

Investigators also note that the woman to whom the first floor facility was licensed actually thought she was an employee of Wolfe and was paid by the hour by Wolfe. Wolfe’s child care license was revoked in December of 2014.

Wolfe is due to make her first court appearance on the charges on October 17th.

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