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Four Louisville daycare owners plead not guilty to theft in court Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four former daycare owners accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money were arraigned in court this morning after being indicted last week.

The indictments come after a two-year investigation.

Investigators say the women received overpayments of public assistance benefits -- and kept the money for their businesses and/or themselves.

All four women ran daycares in the Louisville area.

Officials say Larithia Walker is accused of being the biggest offender, allegedly taking more than a million dollars for her daycares, Caterpillar Clubhouse and El Shaddai, and thousands for personal use.

Katrina Clyburn, who owns Trina's Treehouse, is accused of taking nearly $386,000 for her business and $112,000 for herself.

Tyaundra King's daycare license was revoked. Through her daycares -- Community Care 1 and 2 -- she's accused of taking $631,000 for the businesses and $61,000 for personal use.

She tells WDRB she's innocent, and will fight for the truth.

Latanya Williams, owner of Payton's Funland, is accused of stealing $674,000 for her daycare.

All four women pleaded not guilty to charges of fraudulent scheme or plan to obtain public assistance benefits and theft by deception.

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