Former day care worker pleads guilty to stealing thousands

September 4, 2013 

A former employee at a Nicholasville day care center admitted Tuesday to defrauding the company out of thousands of dollars.

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

Sandlin admitted that, over the course of several years, she fraudulently took thousands of dollars while working as the assistant director at the Kids Connection Learning Center (KCLC), a Nicholasville company that annually receives more than $10,000 in federal program funding.

According to her plea agreement, Sandlin was responsible for collecting money from parents, making bank deposits, and documenting financial transactions for KCLC. Sandlin altered company records to conceal the fraud, according to court documents.

Judge Caldwell has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Dec. 11 to determine how much money Sandlin took from KCLC. She will be sentenced during the December hearing.

When she was arrested by Nicholasville police in April 2012, Sandlin was accused of stealing more than $320,000 over a period of eight years.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, jointly announced the plea Wednesday.

Sandlin faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. However, the court must consider the U.S. sentencing guidelines and the federal statutes before imposing a sentence.

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