Former Omaha daycare owner sentenced to three years in prison for theft

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) – An Omaha woman was convicted of stealing state property in Lincoln on Friday.

Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf sentenced 41-year-old Mubanga Chongo-Ofafa to three years probation under special conditions and ordered the payment of $ 15,000 in restitution.

Little Blessings Omaha and Little Blessings Lincoln were also required to pay $ 158,099.84 in restitution. Chongo-Ofafa owned both day care centers and both centers were licensed by the state of Nebraska.

It is reported that from December 2015 to December 2016, Chongo-Ofafa knowingly stole and converted United States property through the US Department of Health by deliberately filing and arranging false claims of $ 157,000.

The reported posts contained incorrect information that increased the number of children and hours the children attended at the centers in order to receive payments from the United States and DHHS through the Childcare and Development Block Grant Program.

Both daycare centers had contracts with the state of Nebraska to receive reimbursement payments through the US Department of Health’s Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) program for childcare costs.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Inspector General’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Department, and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

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