FORT MYERS, Fla.- Before Christina Perera became a director at Daniels Academy, she operated Kids Zone USA in Ocala, Florida.
The non-profit daycare abruptly shut down in 2010 amid allegations of fraud and questionable business practices. WINK News has learned since Kids Zone opened in 2006, the State Department of Health had their eye on the daycare. They shared their investigation exclusively with WINK News.
The State Department of Health became suspicious of Perera, after she tried three times to get Kids Zone USA into the federal child care food program.
That program gives government reimbursement to daycare homes providing nutritious meals to children.
In 2007, department investigators noticed serious deficiencies in the daycare's applications for government help.
The agency says it found "deliberate deception to provide fake director's addresses in order to comply with program requirements."
An investigator says many of the names even appeared to be bogus.
They also said director's failed to mention Perera's previous criminal history, including a grand theft charge.
Those with a criminal background, cannot participate in the program.
There were also questions surrounding Chris Perera's signature.
The documents allege it looked oddly similar to those of another director, and several others named in the application.
At the time, Kids Zone responded saying: "it is not uncommon for ms. perara to write out the paper work for others to sign ... the documents might have had been written by one individual and signed by another."
The Department of Health ended up denying each request for funding, disqualifying Perera and many other directors from the program for seven years.
Years later, Perera was also charged and sentenced for stealing a former business partner's identity, to secure an $81,000 oan for Kids Zone USA security equipment.
Just after Daniels Academy closed, WINK News spoke to parents who were outraged a woman with such a lengthy criminal past could be put in charge.
Perera is currently in Lee County Jail, where is she waiting to face charges in Marion County.