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MADISON — On February 2, 2012, Beatrice Johnson of Milwaukee, was sentenced to a probation term of three years. As a condition, she was ordered to serve six months in jail and pay restitution in the amount of $13,000. A 30-month prison sentence was imposed but stayed. Johnson was found guilty of Theft by Fraud ($2500-$5000).
At trial, the State alleged that between July 2008 and August 2009, Johnson utilized her business known as Bee's Daycare to fraudulently obtain money from the State by billing for children who did not attend the center as well as billing for care on days the center was not open. During nine weeks in the summer of 2009, Johnson billed the state for more hours of care for children than she could have provided under the terms of her license.
The Wisconsin Shares Program provides reimbursement to child care providers who care for the children of custodial parents who are participating in the Wisconsin Works or W-2 Program.
The investigation began in October of 2009 as part of the Wisconsin Child Care Anti-Fraud Task Force, of which the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is a member. Other agencies assisting in the investigation include the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. This case was prosecuted by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available at the following link: