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Admitted welfare cheat gets probation

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Bowman ordered to repay $14K in child care funds

By Ben Carlson

The Beth Drive woman accused of bilking the state out of thousands of dollars in childcare funds was placed on probation and ordered to repay the money Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
Shana Bowman admitted taking $14,400 in funding from the state’s Division of Child Care to cover the cost of having her four children in daycare while she allegedly worked.
However, Bowman turned in falsified employment records, including forging the name of the owner of a Lawrenceburg pizza restaurant and giving it to state officials as proof of employment.
Bowman was sentenced to probation and ordered to repay the funds as part of a five-year diversion program assigned by Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.
She was officially charged with making false statements/misrepresentations and failure to report a change in order to receive public assistance benefits.
The charge was a Class D felony.