Updated: October 7, 2013 1:17PM
A Frankfort woman pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced for defrauding the state out of more than $71,000 for day care services she never provided, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office announced.
A Cook County Circuit Court judge sentenced Yohvaughn Brown, 41, to 36 months on probation and ordered her to pay $71,243 in restitution.
In December 2011, Brown was charged with theft of government money and 10 counts of wire fraud in connection with her operation of the Starbright Learning Academy in Markham.
The center provided day care for low-income families but lost its lease in November 2009, according to Madigan’s office.
It said that from December 2009 through April 2010, Brown submitted false documents to the Illinois Department of Human Services and diverted to her personal use the state funds that were issued to provide day care.