Wilmington Daycare Owner, Brenda Mathis Federally Indicted On Financial Charges
WILMINGTON, DE (STL.News) A federal grand jury returned an indictment on January 26, 2021, charging the owner and operator of a Wilmington daycare center with one count of wire fraud, one count of theft of government money, and three counts of tax evasion.
According to the indictment, Brenda Mathis, 56, inflated attendance records for her daycare center, L.J.’s Playpen Academy, Inc., to increase subsidies and payments she received from two federally-funded programs: Purchase of Care and Delaware Stars for Early Success. The Purchase of Care Program helps eligible, low-income families pay for childcare by providing subsidies to a daycare provider of the families’ choice. The Delaware Stars for Early Success Program disperses payments to daycare providers based on the quality of service.
According to the indictment, Ms. Mathis also under-reported the income from the daycare center, including the income received from these programs, on corporate tax returns for tax years 2015 through 2017.
Ms. Mathis is charged with one count of Wire Fraud, one count of Theft of Government Money, and three Counts of Tax Evasion. If convicted on the Wire Fraud count, Ms.