HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford woman was arrested and charged with larceny after stealing over $127,000 from a childcare program.
Xiomy Auqui De La Cruz, 28, owns and operates So Cute Daycare 1 in Hartford from her home. The business receives funding from Care4Kids, a program financed by the Connecticut Department of Social Services.
Auqui De La Cruz did not list her husband as a resident of the home, which would have made her ineligible to receive the $127,000 in benefits from Care4Kids.
She received the payments between May 2021 and April 2023, according to authorities.
Auqui De La Cruz was released on $60,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on August 9.
The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney has recovered $116,812.48 in stolen public assistance funds so far in 2023.