SBI Investigating Fraud at Brevard Daycare
Updated: Tuesday, March 5 2013, 09:55 PM EST
For weeks rumors have swirled throughout Transylvania County as to why the owner of Where Dreams Come True daycare abruptly shut down the business, leaving dozens of children high and dry. "It was a big daycare and a big part of the community and parents are scrambling trying to find care for their kids," said Cyndi Patterson.
Late Tuesday an SBI spokeswoman confirmed investigators are probing allegations the daycare owner, Cyndi Benjamin, misused state money. Said Patterson, who's nephew once attended the daycare, "I think you got to be honest, especially when you're working with kids, and it left several kids with no place to go."
It's not clear how much money might've been abused, but News 13's Mario Boone learned the dollars came from the local Department of Social Services. It's money used to assist working parents who can't afford child care.
"It's just wrong because it's for people that actually need it," said Patterson.
The state Division of Child Development, the agency which regulates daycares, confirmed Benjamin voluntarily surrendered her operator's license. Efforts to reach Benjamin for comment failed, and DSS would only confirm it is cooperating with investigators.
By: Mario Boone, email@example.com
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