LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County probation officer is one of five people accused in a child-care fraud scheme that allegedly cost taxpayers $1.6 million.

Officer Frank Elliot Boyd III’s arrest was another blow to the troubled Probation Department, which has seen 64 employees either arrested or questioned about crimes ranging from burglary to attempted murder over the past year.

Boyd was charged along with his ex-girlfriend and four others on multiple counts involving child-care centers that authorities say never provided child care.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that parents were recruited to apply for state child-care funds. Prosecutors say they received no child-care services but got kickbacks from the scam’s operators instead.

Boyd could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

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