The lawyer for a daycare worker accused of scamming the state out of thousands of dollars said that his client was wrongly accused, 10 Investigates’ Paul Aker reported on Wednesday.
Jazmin Rodriguez-Demota is charged with tampering with evidence, theft and forgery accounts in connection with allegedly charging the state thousands of dollars without providing daycare services.
Rodriguez-Demota also is accused of having undocumented residents sign paperwork she said would be used if they ever wanted daycare services, Aker reported. The woman is accused of filing the paperwork to collect from the state.
The woman also is accused of bullying possible undocumented residents who could be called to testify, Aker reported.
During a two-week stakeout, 10 Investigates found only one parent dropping children off at the daycare. Rodriguez-Demota cashed about $3,000 in checks from Franklin County Job and Family Services during the two-week period.
Attorney Joseph Landusky said that all of the allegations were false.
“I don’t believe that’s true at all,” Landusky said. “She’s perfectly within her rights to question people and ask them things, and I think there’s some things who, without naming any names, have made up stories to cover up things that they may have done that are wrong.”
According to Landusky, his client has the right to be presumed innocent.
“That’s the American way, and it’s a great way,” Landusky said.
Prosecutors said that the case likely will be tried in court, though no date has been set.
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