Russian community on edge after day care fraud ring bust

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

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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