A Florida day care allegedly shut down Monday after it was accused of abusing the state food stamp program.
Playskool Day Care in Deland is accused of accepting food stamps as payment and using those food stamps to buy more than $200 worth of items for the day care, WFTV reported.
Angry parents called the police last weekend when the day care was abruptly closed with their children’s belongings still inside.
“Nobody knew they were shutting down,” a man told a dispatcher.
“The boxes are packed up and she’s got people’s checks and I just don’t see how she can get away with this,” another woman said in a police recording. “It’s fraud, she committed fraud.”
The day care owner, Chelsea Romero, was recently under investigation for food stamp fraud, police said.
The Early Leaning Coalition canceled Romero’s state and federal funding for public assistance programs this summer.
Romero’s attorney Christopher T. Boyd says she didn’t commit fraud, but without that funding she had no choice but to shut down the day care.
"The allegations are unfounded and any investigations concerning those allegations have been closed by the appropriate state authorities,” Boyd said. “Children’s Playskool is currently litigating the ELC’s unilateral refusal to renew the contracts based upon these false allegations."
The ELC told WFTV it is still investigating fraud claims against Romero.
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