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Four Women Charged With Child Support Scam

Prosecutors: $34,000 in bogus payments


Four women face more than 40 counts--including fraud, theft and conspiracy--in what the state says was a scheme to divert more than $34,000 in child support payments.


The Marion County Prosecutor's office says Michelle Milbourn orchestrated the scam. She was an employee of the contractor who administers child support payments and was already eligible for child support before the scheme. The state Inspector General's office says three other women - Kathleen White and Andrea Brown from Indianapolis, and Tessa Rooney of Mooresville - would mail Milbourn false child support checks in her name, checks that would bounce after Milbourn received the money.

Milbourn was a clerk and exceptions processor for Xerox, which has a contract to manage the Indiana State Central Collections Unit. The unit processes child support payments for the Department of Child Services.

State child services workers reported their suspicions in April, prompting an investigation by the Inspector General's office.



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