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pexels-sharon-mccutcheon-1449934-300x200The owner of five Illinois child care centers and several of her employees have been charged for their alleged involvement in a fraud scheme that pocketed millions of dollars from a state program meant to help low-income families afford child care.

Aleesha McDowell, 41, of Mokena, IL, is charged with 12 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. Her employees, who are also charged with various counts of wire fraud in the same indictment, are: Nicole Lacey, 36, of Burnham, IL; Stacy Sims, 43, of Chicago, IL; Janelle Jordan, 40, of Chicago, IL; Lauren Coley, of Phoenix, AZ; Shavon Johnson, 47, of Country Club Hills, IL; and Sean Blunt, 44, of Matteson, IL. Attorney information was not available for any of the defendants.

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bbc-creative-1w20Cysy1cg-unsplash-300x200A grand jury has indicted four owners of daycare businesses in Chicago for allegedly defrauding a state child care subsidy program out of more than $1 million.

Named in the indictments are Tarnavis A. Lee, 41, owner of Lee’s Toddler Town, Inc.; Demetra M. Jackson, 41, owner of Jitter Bugs, Inc.; Elizabeth McFarland, 46, owner of Tater Tots, Inc.; and LaShanda Hudson, 39, owner of a daycare business in her name. The four women are charged with multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.

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patrick-tomasso-GXXYkSwndP4-unsplash-300x225A suburban Chicago restaurateur is facing fraud charges after she allegedly fraudulently obtained more than $175,000 in loans for her defunct business from a federal coronavirus (COVID-19) relief fund.

Melissa Turasky, 43, of Lake in the Hills, IL, was charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of making false statements to a financial institution. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.

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pexels_corona_123-300x199A group of retailers and manufacturers in Illinois filed a lawsuit this week against an emergency rule change to the state’s workers’ compensation laws.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission passed the emergency rule last week after it was requested by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The amendment requires the employers of first responders and other essential employees to pay workers’ compensation benefits to workers who test positive for COVID-19, assuming the worker contracted the virus on the job.

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dollar-499481_1920-300x212Police in Willmington, IL, are reportedly seeking to seize the vehicle of a 27-year-old man who was arrested in August for armed robbery.

According to documents filed by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, police are seeking to forfeit a 1997 GMC 2500 truck owned by Correy A. Ingram of Diamond.

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