DHS: Law Enforcement Investigates 'Financial Misconduct' at Minneapolis Day Care Center

June 14, 2018 10:24 AM

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and multiple other agencies executed a search warrant at a Minneapolis day care Wednesday morning as a part of an investigation into fraud involving the Child Care Assistance Program.

The search warrant was executed at the Baraka Child Care Center on Chicago Avenue, according to a statement from Inspector General Carolyn Ham of the DHS.

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The statement said the investigation involves allegations of "financial misconduct related to the center's billing for the Child Care Assistance Program."

DHS, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Inspector General for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were involved in the investigation. 

According to the DHS website, the program helps low-income families with child care expenses, so it will be low cost or free.  The program is funded by state and federal taxes.  Parents are required to sign their kids in and out each day.  

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was also there as agents from the Secret Service, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and DHS raided a home on the 2300 block of Argonne Drive in Columbia Heights Wednesday. 

Sources said it appears the homeowner has business ties to the license holder of the Baraka facility.  

KSTP has reached out to the day care and homeowner but has not yet received a response.
 

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