Health and Family Services Cabinet
Paducah Day Care Owner Indicted on 31 Counts of Fraud
A federal grand jury in Western Kentucky has returned a 31-count fraud indictment against Tanashea Young, a Paducah day care owner. The indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of Inspector General and the United States Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.
Young owns and operates the Children’s Creative Learning Center, Inc., located at 135 Memorial Drive in Paducah. She was indicted for allegedly receiving fraudulently obtained payments from the Commonwealth of Kentucky by billing the Audubon Area Child Care Assistance Program for the care of eligible children who were not present at the facility during certain time periods when Young knowingly verified that the children did attend the Center.
Under the child care assistance program, Young was required to correctly verify the attendance of eligible children through monthly documentation submitted to governmental agencies and contractors.
"The Office of Inspector General is committed to stopping and preventing fraud and abuse of welfare programs such as child care assistance," said Inspector General Sadiqa N. Reynolds. "Resources for health and welfare programs are precious and limited, so it is crucial that we vigorously protect taxpayer money and seek prosecution of those who abuse the system. Ultimately, those who choose to commit fraud in Kentucky’s health and welfare programs are victimizing the citizens of the commonwealth, which deprives benefits to those who legitimately qualify.”
Often fraud and abuse investigations begin with a tip from the general public. “Citizens can and do play a key role in detecting and preventing fraud and abuse by simply reporting known or suspected fraud and abuse,” said Reynolds. “Some of our best cases are started by hotline calls.”
Examples of health and welfare programs include Medicaid; the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program; the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional program; Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program; and the Food Stamp Program.
OIG’s Division of Audits and Investigations investigates welfare fraud allegations. If you suspect someone of Medicaid or welfare fraud, call the Fraud and Abuse Hotline’s toll-free number anytime at (800) 372-2970. Those reporting fraud and abuse never have to give their name.