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Former Assistant Director of Nicholasville Day Care Sentenced and Ordered to Pay More than $200,000 in Restitution

March 20, 2014

LEXINGTON, KY - A former employee of a child day care center in Nicholasville, KY., was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $201,060 in restitution for defrauding her employer.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced Pamela Sandlin, 55, for fraud. Under federal law, Sandlin will have to serve at least 85 percent of her prison sentence.

Sandlin previously admitted that, over the course of several years, she fraudulently took thousands of dollars while working as the Assistant Director at the Kids Connection Learning Center (KCLC). KLLC receives more than $10,000 annually in federal program funds.

According to her plea agreement, Sandlin was responsible for collecting money from parents, making bank deposits, and documenting financial transactions for KCLC. Court documents also established that Sandlin altered company records to conceal the fraud.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

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