Receives sentence of 11.5 to 23 months, $900,000 restitution and 20 years of probation
PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that Hubert Hendricks (DOB: 5/16/64) has pled guilty to Welfare Fraud (F3), Conspiracy (F2), Theft by Deception (F3), Forgery (F2) and Tampering with Public Records or Information (F3). He will serve a sentence of 11.5 to 23 months in jail followed by 20 years of probation and pay $900,000 in restitution to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Hendricks, who is a felon, was never eligible to run his childcare facilities or collect more than $9.3 million in childcare payments from the Commonwealth. This matter was reviewed by the Indicting Grand Jury and the defendant was sentenced by the Honorable Ann Marie Coyle.
“The evidence shows that for the last seven years Hubert Hendricks hid his record, illegally operated three childcare facilities in Philadelphia and took more than $9.3 million dollars from Commonwealth. He was a felon and ineligible to operate a childcare facility, but that did not stop him from forging documents and putting himself in a position to fraudulently receive millions in taxpayer dollars,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “Many thanks to the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, my Government Fraud Unit, and the men and the women of the Indicting Grand Jury for their hard work and dedication in investigating this case.”
District Attorney Seth Williams credited the work of the Pennsylvania State Police and other state agency investigators with assisting his Office investigate Hendricks and added, “Fraud, waste and abuse are things every citizen wants stamped out. Our investigation and Judge Coyle’s sentence makes it clear that there will simply be no tolerance for this kind of abuse of taxpayer money.”
Judge Coyle’s sentence came after an investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services who determined that in 2008 Kendrick’s had falsely submitted an application to become a State approved Day Care provider. In addition, the investigation revealed that Hendricks forged State and Federal clearances regarding his criminal history. Hendricks had a previous Federal conviction for the Distribution of Narcotics and two other convictions for unrelated offenses. Ultimately Kendrick’s fraudulent activity allowed him to operate daycare centers at 6327 Woodland Ave., 6315 Woodland Ave. and 2943 Reed St. Hendricks is currently incarcerated on State Rd. The childcare centers are no longer being operated by the defendant.