Daycare Worker Exposed By Watchdog 10 For Fraud Ordered To Repay State, Sentenced To Jail


UPDATED: Thursday May 30, 2013 6:26 PM

A daycare worker who defrauded the state was ordered to repay more than $13,000.

A judge sentenced Jazmin Rodriguez-Demota to 60 days in jail at her sentencing on Thursday.

She previously pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft and two counts of felony forgery.

Rodriguez-Demota was a daycare provider who received state subsidized payments through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. In the year before the investigation, the station found she had taken nearly a $100,000 in childcare payments subsidized by taxpayers.       
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigated Rodriguez-Demota after the Watchdog 10 investigation revealed only one child appeared over a two week period in the fall of 2011 that she operated out of her west Columbus home.
The Watchdog 10 investigation revealed that Rodriguez-Demota charged the state several thousand dollars in bogus childcare charges during the same time.

On Thursday, the prosecutor asked to put Rodriguez-Demota behind bars.

“That’s an egregious offense for the state and the community,” said prosecutor Kim Bond.

The woman refused to comment to Watchdog 10 on Thursday.

Rodriguez-Demota was ordered to report to jail in one week.

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