December 20, 2014 |
A North Philadelphia woman faces up to 22 years in prison in connection with the drowning of a boy who attended her improperly licensed day-care center. Tianna Edwards, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday in Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter, welfare fraud, and endangering the welfare of a child. When 7-year-old Isear Jeffcoat went missing in June 2012, it took nine hours for a police marine unit to discover his body under six feet of murky water at the bottom of a swimming pool at Edwards' mother's house, prosecutors said.
December 19, 2014 |
FORMER DAY-CARE operator Tianna Edwards pleaded guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a dirty, murky pool behind her mother's East Oak Lane home. On June 29, 2012, Edwards had taken kids enrolled at her Tianna's Terrific Tots day care on Rising Sun Avenue near 13th Street in North Philly to her mom's house. Her mother, Emma Watson, wasn't home. Edwards then left the scene and left the kids - six toddlers and 15 school-age kids - in the care of two day-care workers, who were untrained and unlicensed to care for children, Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said.
September 7, 2014 |
WHEN YOU WORK within the system, you apparently learn how to exploit it. Three Social Security Administration employees are at the center of a massive fraud scheme that netted over $76,000 in welfare benefits, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Sakeenah Belle, 31, Chanae Thomas, 31, and Felicia Fernandez, 30, are accused of using their positions with the SSA to submit false documents that underreported their annual incomes and allowed them to gain eligibility for welfare benefits, medical assistance and subsidized child care, Jamerson said.
August 7, 2013 |
NADYA "OCTOMOM" SULEMAN may have been caught with her hand in the cookie jar due to her other hand being in her honey pot. TMZ.com reports that evidence is mounting that Octo scammed taxpayers by committing welfare fraud after authorities found pay stubs from her work in self-gratification porn. The Los Angeles County Department of Welfare and Fraud seized Octo's financial records and said that she'd been overpaid $15,683 in welfare money from January to May of this year.
March 6, 2013 |
THERE IS no dispute that Isear Jeffcoat, 7, drowned in a backyard swimming pool June 29 while frolicking with about 20 other students from Tianna's Terrific Tots day-care center. But what must be sorted out in a courtroom is if the North Philadelphia day- care's operator, Tianna Edwards, is responsible for the boy's death. Edwards, 31, who was arrested Jan. 18 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, has been indicted by a state grand jury on dozens of additional charges, the District Attorney's Office announced Monday.
March 6, 2013 |
The operator of a Philadelphia day-care center charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning of a 7-year-old boy last summer will remain behind bars pending trial, a Philadelphia judge ruled Tuesday. Common Pleas Court Judge Joan A. Brown denied a request by Tianna Edwards' lawyer to lift a detainer lodged against her by another judge. Edwards, 31, was on probation for a 2012 insurance fraud conviction when she was arrested in the June 30 drowning of Isear Jeffcoat. Because the arrest also was a violation of Edwards' probation in the fraud case, the judge ordered her detained until that issue is resolved.
August 2, 2012 |
DARBY BOROUGH in Delaware County seems to be making a name for itself — as Pennsylvania's go-to destination for committing six-figure welfare fraud. Less than three months after the feds busted the owner of Aunty Florence's West African Food Market on Main Street for allegedly converting food stamps into cash — and keeping a nice cut for herself — state Attorney General Linda Kelly on Wednesday announced the arrest of two former Department of Public Welfare employees for allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 in public-assistance benefits.
July 20, 2012 |
Three Montgomery County woman have been charged with fraudulently collecting about $123,000 in public assistance housing benefits, authorities announced today. Arrested and released on unsecured bail were Tracy Warren, of Pottstown; Terry Holmes, of North Hills; and Megan Benson, officials said. Authorities said the three, acting separately, continually falsified their public housing applications to conceal changes in compositions of their respective households and income. The benefits were administered through the Montgomery County Housing Authority.
March 15, 2012 |
Thomas F. Gilson Sr., 83, of Northeast Philadelphia, an assistant district attorney who prosecuted welfare fraud and helped create a program that gave first-time offenders a second chance, died Tuesday of heart failure at his home. When he became an assistant district attorney in 1969, Mr. Gilson was assigned to a program assisting detectives in police districts. In the 1970s, he helped establish and supervise the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. The program allows defendants who meet certain criteria to have their police records expunged.