Daycare operators indicted for possible fraud

 IBJ Staff
September 26, 2012
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A husband and wife who operated numerous daycare centers in the Indianapolis area have been indicted for allegedly scheming to defraud the government of possibly millions of dollars.

Donald E. Crumpton, 55, and LaFawn Crumpton, 45, both of Fortville, were charged with 27 counts Wednesday, including charges of wire fraud, money laundering and the falsification of records in a federal investigation.

The Crumptons ran Little Miracles, a local not-for-profit that operated daycare centers across the metropolitan area from 2001 until 2010.

According to the indictment, beginning in August 2006, the pair began scheming to collect more money than Little Miracles deserved from the Child Care Development Fund Voucher Program, or CCDF, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, or CACFP.

The CCDF provides financial assistance to low-income individuals for child care services and the CACFP provides nutritious meals and snacks to disadvantaged children.

The indictment said the pair directed employees to collect confidential information from parents and used the information to falsify reports to the Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration.

The reports helped the organization receive more reimbursement than it deserved.

The indictment alleges that more than $9 million was provided to Little Miracles between January 2007 and June 2010 . At least $7.5 million of that came from the CCDF and at least $1.5 million came from the CACFP. The government alleges that a significant portion of this money was fraudulently obtained.

The Crumptons are also accused of destroying or altering records after authorities began investigating them for fraud in 2010.



  • Warning
    My children started going to her daycare when she first open up at a house out East. Mrs. Fawn was a wonderful lady I thought. I started working in one of her daycares years after. I have five children my kids were already in a daycare. The directed wanted me to switch my kids to LM and when I didnt they fired me. I was going to file for wrongful fire but did not because I liked Mrs. Fawn and I didnt think it was her because she was not present at the time. I tried to get a hold of her but couldnt the staff didnt know I knew her. Things happen for a reason I ran into her putting in a application at the Ice Lounge in Castleton she had open. I walked in and to my surprise she open the door for me. She ask why was I putting a application what happened at the daycare I told her about things that had accurred at the daycare a staff member kicked a child which I reported, unprofessional behavoir with the staff, etc the list goes on. My experience in childcare field was eay more professional. I told her that she needed to check on her daycares. She said she was busy she cant be there because she had so much going on with opening up clubs in Indy. She said she would put me in another one of her daycares didnt work out I wouldnt except the low pay. I almost feel bad for her. Really she should of been more Iinvolved I think the people that took over for her didnt mean her know good but that was her down fall greed and careless. GOD DONT LIKE UGLY !
  • Upset
    This upsets me so much. Both my children went to Little Miracles on Shadeland in 2007 to 2008. The center was awesome and the director at the time was wonderful, it is so upsetting to see this about that place.

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