Belleville woman sentenced on federal charge of stealing child care funds

EAST ST. LOUIS — The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that a 34-year-old Belleville woman was sentenced on the charge of Theft of Government Funds to a total of eight months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

The court also ordered Roshanda J. Story, a/k/a Roshanda J. Guyton, to pay restitution of $2,379.25 to the Illinois Department of Human Services – Bureau of Child Care and Development, and a special assessment of $100.

Story admitted that from 2012 through May of 2013, she falsified documents in order to receive child care benefits from the Illinois Department of Human Services, which receives funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In those documents Story fraudulently claimed that she was a single parent caring for a child and was in need of federally funded resources, when in fact she was at the time living with, and receiving assistance from, the father of the child.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the Southern District of Illinois with the assistance of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan.