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Daycare owner convicted of stealing federal funds sentenced

December 21, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say a Buffalo daycare owner convicted on charges of stealing government funds has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Buffalo says 42-year-old Tariq Butt was also ordered to pay $305,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prosecutors say Butt and his wife, Halima Mohammed, submitted hundreds of false and fraudulent claims seeking reimbursement for child care eligible for block grant funds.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Butt knew the claims were falsified. Mohammed was previously convicted and sentenced to five months in prison and three years of supervised release.

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