The owner of two daycare facilities in Wichita has been sentenced in a welfare fraud case.
29-year-old Erika Tomlin owns two Kiddy Kollege daycare locations in Wichita. She and five others admitted to a welfare fraud scheme that defrauded the state of Kansas out of more than $50,000.
A Sedgwick County judge ordered Tomlin to pay at least $7,200 a year to the state as part of her probation, and she can be on probation for up to five years. If she pays all of the money back, the probation would be ended after one year.
Tomlin pleaded guilty to felony theft in April. She admitted defrauding the state out of child care assistance from the Department for Children and Families. Five other women were accused of falsely claiming child care benefits for children who were enrolled at Tomlin's daycare, but an investigation found that the children did not attend either of the two Kiddy Kollege locations. The other women, Na'Shari Sanders, Sierra Martin, Raven Alexander, Shameca Davis and Danielle Sullivan, have agreed to pay restitution in the case. The total amount of restitution ordered in the case is $52,344.