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Judge Charged in Foster-care Claims Case (Jan 21, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge and her husband have been charged for allegedly submitting nearly $20,000 in fraudulent foster care reimbursement claims to the state for children who didn't live with them.

Tammy Bass-LeSure was accused Friday in 32 counts of making a false, fictitious or fraudulent claim against the state and two counts of perjury. Karlos LeSure was charged with two counts of perjury and two counts of making a false, fictitious or fraudulent claim.

According to court documents, the LeSures applied to become foster-care providers and receive payments for two children in 2008. A woman identified as the sister of Bass-LeSure's bailiff told investigators she has had physical custody of the toddlers since they were placed with the couple.

A telephone number for the LeSures couldn't be found Friday.




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