Three Midwest City women charged with stealing $1.2 million

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.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 27, 2013
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The indictment alleges Burns, Cotton and Dailey instructed tutors at Grant to complete and sign student attendance rosters for tutoring sessions that did not take place. It is alleged that Cotton and one of the employees of Foundations instructed tutors at Roosevelt Middle School to complete and sign attendance rosters for tutoring sessions that did not take place.

Burns and Cotton are accused of using the false information to generate invoices, which were submitted to the school district for payment. For the 2009-10 school year, the district paid A Plus $884,548 and paid Foundations $351,621.

The indictment charges Cotton, Burns and Dailey with conspiracy and making false statements. Cotton also is charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

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