Erin Davies adopted eight special needs children and took them into her Richfield, Minnesota, home, but now she is facing charges of criminal fraud.
Davies, 34, is accused of keeping the children in squalid conditions while taxpayers footed the bill for child care. Her mother Betsy Davies, who ran the alleged fraud with her, died in January, NY Daily News reported.
Journalists at KARE11 were the first to uncover the alleged scheme and discovered her home contained bare mattresses stained with animal excrement. Mold reportedly covered the bathroom walls and junk filled the rooms although the mother-daughter duo were billing taxpayers for the children’s care through Minnesota's Personal Care Assistance program. In total, Davies reportedly received $26,000 through the program.
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The report prompted Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to look into the matter and on July 27 the Davies was charged. She now faces up to 10 years in prison.
Andrew Davies, the oldest child raised in the home, told reporters that the Davies would clean the home just enough to be passable and lied about the severity of his disability. Davies said Andrew, who is now an adult, needed help with dressing, grooming, using the restroom, eating and bathing. He says this is not true and doesn’t know what happened to the money his caretakers received.
Andrew called a family friend for help several months ago and the children were subsequently removed from the house in January. They are currently in foster care.