Tutors facing charges in $1M fraud scheme in OKC

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Three women are facing charges for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Education.

A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Rebecca Cotton, 71-year-old Patricia Burns and 62-year-old Bobbie Dailey for making false payment claims for student tutoring sessions.

The indictment alleges that during the 2009-2010 school year, the three women instructed tutors at U.S. Grant High School to complete and sign student attendance rosters for tutoring sessions that did not take place.

Cotton allegedly instructed tutors at Roosevelt Middle School to do the same thing.

The false invoices resulted in more than $1 million in payments from the Oklahoma City School District.

The funds were provided by the federal government as part of the “No Child Left Behind” Act.

Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer released this statement:

“Following an anonymous tip in 2010, the OKCPS Administration immediately began an internal investigation into potential fraudulent acts made by two tutoring companies. The district then handed over its entire investigation to the Oklahoma City Police and subsequently the FBI.

OKCPS has been cooperating fully with the authorities throughout their investigation. We are aware of the recent indictments and support the prosecution of any guilty parties.

OKCPS confirms that Bobbie Dailey worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools for 9 years and resigned on October 31, 2010. Her last position with the district was as a counselor at US Grant High School.

The OKCPS Administration does not tolerate fraudulent behavior and stands ready to assist authorities in the investigation and prosecution of any person involved, including OKCPS employees.

–Karl Springer, OKCPS Superintendent

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