Day care owner caught overbilling state by $178K

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Over the course of 10 years, a Grand Rapids day care owner billed the state $177,695 for care she didn’t provide, according to documents obtained by Target 8.

A Kent County judge will sentence Janice Rhodes, 67, Thursday afternoon on two counts of misdemeanor welfare fraud. She has already pleaded guilty in the case and agreed to pay restitution of $32,746, the amount she overcharged the state between November 2015 and October 2016.

But Target 8 obtained a state report showing this was the fourth time Rhodes has been caught overbilling since 2005.

Still, the state allowed Rhodes to maintain a license to run Alphabet Soup Daycare Center on Leonard Street NE near Ball Avenue. Rhodes has owned the center, which is licensed to care for up to 89 children, since it opened in 1997.

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