Germantown Couple Indicted On Federal Charges For Illegally Receiving Child Care Funds

The couple fraudulently received almost $100,000 of funds intended for people who provide child care.

Baltimore, Md. (NS) – A married couple from Germantown have been indicted on federal fraud charges for illegally receiving nearly $100,000 in funds intended for low-income families who need childcare.

An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Baltimore charges Andrews Brown, 39, and Charmaine Brown, 43, for conspiracies to commit identity theft, bankruptcy fraud, passport fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding.

The five-count indictment says the couple fraudulently received almost $100,000 of Child Care Subsidy Program payments which are intended to provide financial assistance for low-income families as well as businesses who provide childcare for low-income families.

The couple also conspired to obtain passports for non-US-citizen family members who were not qualified to receive them by making false statements with fake identity documents.

The indictment also alleges that the couple fraudulently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy using someone else’s identity.

If convicted, Andrews and Charmaine Brown each face up to 37 years in federal prison.