All Tanya McDowell wanted was a good education for her 6-year old boy. She’s suffered—just as many of us have—during this unforgiving economic stretch in American history. Some say her ‘pride and joy’ didn’t deserve the eduction he was getting. Tanya McDowell is now fighting for her freedom
USAToday– A homeless single mother pleaded not guilty today of stealing more than $15,000 from Norwalk, Conn., taxpayers by lying about her address in order to send her 5-year-old son to the city’s elementary school, The Connecticut Post reports.
Tanya McDowell, 33, faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted of first-degree larceny conspiracy charges and stealing $15,686 worth of education.
Tanya’s last known address is in Bridgeport, which is where prosecutors say young A.J. should have been enrolled.
Given the mobility of her current address, a van, Tanya chose the safer Norwalk to park her rig and sign up her son. The problem is, she was a bit misleading and listed her babysitter’s Norwalk address as her own.
Exactly how does a homeless person afford a babysitter? We might want to take a look at that situation before McDowell livelihood is put in the hands of a jury of her peers, but of course, this isn’t the real issue.
Forget about helping this poor homeless woman and her son out, what we’re now trying to do is create an orphan and inmate, both of which will be dependent on taxpayer money for AT LEAST a decade.
So go ahead, Connecticut Prosecutors, “win” your 15k from this less fortunate woman (good luck collecting), ruin two lives, and end up costing your taxpayers a few hundred thousand dollars.
But of course, you’ll set a very valuable precedent, so it may be worth it.