Former day care owner charged

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Updated Thursday, September 9, 2004 12:43 PM CDT

Former day care owner charged
By Paul L.Mikolajczyk – Staff Writer


SYCAMORE – The owner of a closed Sycamore daycare center faces felony theft charges after police said she took money that had been garnisheed from her employees’ paychecks for child support payments.

Trinda S. Bowles, 33, of Rochelle is suspected of keeping money withheld from employees’ paychecks and intended to go to the Illinois Department of Public Aid for disbursement to parents collecting child support. Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said the money was actually used to sustain operations at Precious Kids Child Care Center, formerly at 1778 W. State St.

Deputies arrested Bowles Wednesday morning following an investigation that began shortly after the day care center closed in February, Sheriff Roger Scott said. She was later released on bond.

Scott said about $6,000 was taken over a one-year period.

Felony theft is a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Scott said deputies learned of the alleged theft from former day care employees who discovered the money missing when preparing a civil complaint against the business. The former employees claim they are owed back pay for work they performed before the day care center closed.

The investigation continues, and other charges against Bowles are pending, Scott said. Suspects who may have served as accomplices in the alleged theft also are being investigated, with possible charges following the investigation, he said.