MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee child care operator has agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud, theft, and conspiracy charges.
34-year-old Latasha Jackson entered into a plea agreement this week.
She ran two child care centers that defrauded state and federally-funded programs to care for children of the working poor.
Prosecutors say they’ll ask a judge to make Jackson pay $333,000 in restitution. She also faces up to 35 years in prison – but she’s expected to get much less than that under federal sentencing guidelines. A sentencing date has not been set.
Jackson’s case was profiled in a Journal Sentinel series that exposed numerous fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program. She received about $3 million in tax reimbursements from the state program, while the paper said regulators ignored red flags for a decade about her fraud.
In the meantime, Jackson had built a 7,600 square foot mansion with a Jaguar convertible. Both were destroyed in a fire in late 2009.
Investigators called it suspicious, but nobody was ever charged. Jackson has since moved to Texas.