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Parents Face Felony Charges for Sending Child to Wrong School District

Maybe if the money followed the student instead ...


A Philadelphia couple is facing felony charges after allegedly lying about where they lived in order to send their daughter to a school outside their district.

Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were charged in August of this year with "theft of services", a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison, by the Lower Moreland School District in Montgomery County.

The Garcias are accused of sending their daughter to the district even though they didn't pay property taxes, according to the District Attorney's office. The couple cost tax payers $10,752.81.