Three Midwest City women are charged with making false claims for payment for tutoring Oklahoma City Public Schools students in a federal indictment unsealed Monday.
Rebecca E. Cotton, 42, Patricia R. Burns, 71, and Bobbie J. Dailey, 62, are accused of conspiracy to defraud the federal government by being paid for tutoring sessions that didn't take place, U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats announced.
As part of No Child Left Behind, the U.S. Education Department provided funding for tutoring for students of low-income families at schools designated by the state to need improvement. The Oklahoma City Public Schools offered the tutoring program at U.S. Grant High School and Roosevelt Middle School.
During the 2009-10 school year, Burns and her daughter, Cotton, owned and operated A Plus Academics, and Cotton owned and operated Foundations Tutoring. A Plus and Foundations shared office space at 608 Askew Drive in Midwest City. Both were state-approved tutoring providers contracting with the school district.
Dailey was a counselor at Grant and worked as an A Plus tutor and “liaison” between A Plus and the high school.