Three Midwest City women have pleaded not guilty in Oklahoma City federal court to charges alleging they were paid after making false claims of tutoring Oklahoma City Public Schools students.
The women are accused of submitting bills for tutoring a higher number of students than those who actually received the help. Federal charges were filed because the Oklahoma City Public School District used federal funds to pay for the tutoring services.
Bobbie J. Dailey, 62, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four counts; the maximum penalty on some of the conspiracy and making false statements counts is five years in prison.
Rebecca E. Cotton, 42, and Patricia R. Burns, 71, pleaded not guilty earlier this week to similar charges. Cotton also is charged with wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and money laundering, which has a maximum 10-year sentence.
All counts also include a potential fine of $250,000.
The three were released on their own recognizance.
Their case was placed on the Oct. 8 jury docket, although it's likely the matter won't be ready for trial then.
A federal indictment unsealed earlier this month alleges the false claims were made during the 2009-10 school year, when U.S. Grant High School and Roosevelt Middle School received federal funds to pay for tutoring students from low-income families.
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