Trust Issues

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When running any type of business, it is important to hire employees that you trust. You certainly wouldn’t want to employ anyone that would damage your corporate image or mishandle company resources for personal benefit. reports on a Nicholasville daycare center that regrettably hired an employee, who embezzled thousands of dollars for personal gain.

The story states that the former assistant director was responsible for documenting financial transactions at the daycare center, including collecting money from parents and making bank deposits. The 55-year-old woman pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted that she fudged some facts in the company records to bury the crime. A hearing is scheduled to determine exactly how much money the woman embezzled. It is estimated by the Nicholasville Police Department that approximately $320,000 was taken from the child care center, which annually receives more than $10,000 in federal funding. The fraudster is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. (Maybe she’ll think twice about cooking the books the next time.)

It is safe to assume that the daycare owner trusted the former employee to be loyal at one time, or she would not have been hired. It’s hard to tell what drove the woman to take money that was not hers. Perhaps greed, desperation or bad judgment is to blame. What is disconcerting is that the crime was committed at the expense of the children attending the center. (They didn’t get to benefit from the funds that could have provided better educational programs or resources.) We trust that our judicial system will impose a fair sentence for this deceptive crime.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on the article titled, ”Former Assistant Director at Nicholasville Day Care Pleads Guilty to Fraud,” published on, the Website for a NBC television affiliate in Lexington, Ky., on September 4, 2013.

LEXINGTON – A former employee at a child day care center in Nicholasville has admitted defrauding the company out of thousands of dollars.

On Tuesday, Pamela Sandlin, 55, pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in front of U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.