Louisville business owner accused of illegally obtaining food stamps
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owner of a Louisville child care center has been arrested after police say she obtained public assistance under false pretenses.
According to an arrest warrant, 43-year-old Dalephonia Booker is the owner of the Big Happy Family child care center, which earned a gross income of $592,470 between Aug. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012.
But during this period, authorities say Booker applied for and received food stamps, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) medical assistance benefits and Medicaid benefits for her household.
Booker did not report her business income as required, according to the arrest warrant.
As a result, Booker illegally received an overpayment of $44 in K-TAP benefits, an overpayment of $400 in transportation service benefits, an overpayment of $8,384 in food stamp benefits and an overpayment of $17,082.51 in Medicaid benefits, according to the warrant.
Authorities say the total loss to the Commonwealth of Kentucky was $25,910.51.
On Friday, March 21, an warrant was issued for Booker's arrest. She was taken into custody earlier this week, and is charged with three counts of making false statements or representations in order to receive benefits.
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