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Four former day care owners accused of fraud

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Almost three years ago, WAVE 3 News investigated claims that some day care center owners were negligent and misusing your tax dollars. Now, a Jefferson County grand jury has found enough evidence to put four of them on trial for fraud.

Katrina Clyburn, the former owner of Trina's Treehouse, is accused of billing Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program, or C-CAP, for almost $400,000 in two years for children she never served.

Prosecutors allege she forged parent signatures, falsified attendance and filed $100,000 in phony claims for food stamps and Medicaid.

Regulators closed Trina's Treehouse on Cane Run Road in November 2013 after claims of abuse.

They had closed Trina's on Broadway in 2011, following the death of a toddler who swallowed a push pin.

As a result of a two-year state investigation three other day care operators face similar charges.

Laritha Walker is accused of $1.2 million in C-CAP fraud and $26,000 in Medicaid Fraud for Caterpilllar Clubhouse and El Shaddai Christian Child Care.

Tyaundra King-Thompson is facing charges of more than $600,000 tax dollars in C-CAP fraud and $60,000 in welfare fraud at two centers known as Community Child Care.

Latanya Williams-Crawford is also accused of C-CAP fraud, more than $670,000, for billings at Payton's Playland.

Prosecutors said they dropped charges of Medicaid fraud against Williams after she repaid more than $3,500.

In an email, Inspector General Maryellen Mynear told WAVE 3 News Kentucky will investigate and prosecute vigorously because benefit fraud is  "a serious crime that steals precious, limited resources from deserving individuals who are legitimately in need and erodes confidence in government programs."    

The four women are scheduled to be arraigned in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Monday, June 16.

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