Day-Care Owner Gets More Than 4 Years For Fraud

Woman Ordered To Pay More Than $4 Million In Restitution

A former Indianapolis day-care operator was sentenced Monday to 50 months in prison for defrauding federal and state programs of $4 million meant to help her centers.

Authorities said Saundra J. Pritchett-Guidry, 62, of Indianapolis, lied about food consumption and attendance at her Indianapolis centers, called A Rainbow House, from at least November 1997 to April 2003.

Investigators said she lied to defraud federal and state programs of more than $4 million in subsidies.

Authorities said Pritchett-Guidry, who pleaded guilty to federal program fraud and money laundering, used some of the money to acquire real estate.

Pritchett-Guidry closed the centers in April 2003, claiming at the time that the state was withholding funding.

A judge also sentenced Pritchett-Guidry to three years of supervised release and ordered her to make restitution in the amount of $4,459,625.

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