Two area daycare operators accused of stealing $13000 in Missouri childcare funds –

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Two women who run local daycares were charged this week with stealing after police say they worked together to claim state child care funds that one of them was otherwise not authorized to get.

Gwendolyn D. Webb, 45, of the 600 block of Baden Avenue in St. Louis, runs Hampton Kiddie Korner in St. Louis. Alkesha Anderson, 36, of the 11600 block of Petite Chalet Drive in Spanish Lake, runs We Are Family Learning Center in Berkeley. Webb’s center was not authorized to participate in the Missouri Child Care Assistance Program that pays people to give care to children in needy families. During April and May, she provided care to several children and kept attendance records for them, court documents say.

At the same time, Anderson ran her center and was authorized to participate in the state program. The women knew each other, and Anderson submitted claims to the program for some of the same children cared for by Webb at her center during the same times. The state directly deposited more than $13,000 directly into Anderson’s center’s account, based on her false claims. Within hours of the deposits, Anderson withdrew the money and within minutes, Webb made a corresponding deposit into her center’s account. Soon afterwards, Webb made cash withdrawals.

Webb is also known as Gwendolyn Brown Hampton and Gwendolyn Staples-Bey.

Bail for each of them was set at $10,000.