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Family of woman charged with fraud now also faces charges

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A woman claiming to be helping dozens of hungry kids was instead pocketing more than $1.5 million she got from the state.

All About Giving was created 2-1/2 years ago to help needy children.

The non-profit worked with daycares, filing food reimbursement claims with the state.

The state would cut a check to All About Giving, then the organization would reimburse the daycares. However, not much of that was actually happening.

“We could find no evidence that the money was spent for the appropriation of feeding children,” John Dunn, spokesman for the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, told the News 4 I-Team in February.

Earlier this year Leshane Hayes, the founder of All About Giving, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and admitted to stealing more than $1.5 million in program funds.

Investigators said they could only confirm she spent $19 on kids.

The News 4 I-Team has learned that seven other people have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. All but one of the charged are related to Hayes.

According to police, the new defendants would like about the number of kids All About Giving helped to get more money, then they would keep a portion and give the rest to Hayes.

“When we see All About Giving spending money on X-boxes and shoes and perfume, what they are doing is essentially using taxpayer dollars to support things that have nothing to do with feeding kids, and that’s a problem,” said Dunn in February.

According to police, All About Giving claimed to be working with 75 daycare centers. However, dozens of them may have never existed.

Some addresses Hayes listed as daycares led investigators to nothing, just empty lots.

“To see people take that money and misuse it when, again, we are trying to help, in these programs, we are mostly helping children it’s just distressing beyond words,” said Sen. Steve Dickerson, the chairman of the oversight committee.

He said the Department of Human Services needs to do a better job of keeping tabs on these organizations.

“It’s a real breach of public trust and it’s just egregious beyond words,” said Dickerson.

Hayes was sentenced to three months in prison with three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution.

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