Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Provider Indicted for Submitting False Documents to State Agency
On November 7, 2017, a Bulloch County Grand Jury indicted Debra Parker Osborn, Owner/Director of Sonshine Christian Childcare & Prekindergarten Center, Inc., on four counts of Computer Theft (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-93(a)(1), four counts of False Statements (O.C.G.A. § 16-10-20), and four counts of Forgery in the Second Degree (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-1(c) for engaging in a scheme to defraud the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s (DECAL) Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program.
CAPS, a federally funded, state operated program, assists no to low income families with the cost of child care. Licensed providers participating in the program receive funding based on the number of CAPS-eligible children attending the center.
In 2014, Ms. Osborn submitted falsified documentation to DECAL. Ms. Osborn over reported the number of CAPS-eligible children in attendance at her daycare located in Statesboro, GA. Ms. Osborn was arrested on November 10, 2017.
The case was referred to the State of Georgia Office of Inspector General (GA OIG) by DECAL. The case was investigated by GA OIG Senior Investigator Cameron Rabbitt and former GA OIG Deputy Inspector General Bill Donaldson.