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Woman pleads guilty in child care fraud case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A woman who built a mansion and bought a Jaguar while collecting roughly $3 million in taxpayer subsidies from her Milwaukee child care centers has pleaded guilty to fraud, theft and conspiracy.

Latasha Jackson, who now is listed as Latasha Wilder, faces sentencing Aug. 31. While the statutory maximum is 35 years, actual sentences under the federal sentencing guidelines are normally far shorter.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the 34-year-old Jackson admitted she defrauded state and federal programs designed to help poor mothers go to work. Prosecutors will argue that she should be ordered to pay $333,000 in restitution.

Jackson’s attorney, Rodney Cubbie, told U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert at Friday’s hearing that he would dispute the amount, which also could affect how much prison time Jackson receives.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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