BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's Russian community is on edge after owners of more than two dozen day care centers were thrown in jail for their alleged involvement in a fraud scheme Tuesday.
Those owners along with alleged co-conspirators from the New York City Department of Health, Human Resources Administration and the Administration for Children's Services allegedly stole more than $18 million in taxpayer dollars.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Liudmila Umarov, a Brighton Beach resident, is at the head of the alleged scheme. Umarov controls more than 30 day care centers and is closely associated with predominantly Russian-speaking day care owners throughout Brooklyn.
Umarov and the other 10 defendants face a maximum of 25 years in prison.
Parents say they are grateful the fraud ring was exposed before school began.
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