Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

State shuts down Lake Geneva day care

by Chris Schultz

December 26, 2013

Child day care center Amy’s Academy, 601 Walworth St., is now up for sale and its owner is barred from holding a day care state license for three years after she overbilled the state for childcare reimbursements and failed to report her drunken driving arrest in Delavan.

According to information acquired from the state Department of Children and Families, Amy’s Academy owner Amy Sidello, 12900 Woodlawn Lane, New Berlin, was issued a notice of revocation of license on March 4.

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According to information from the DCF, the state “gave the provider an opportunity to submit a satisfactory explanation to the department in December 2012; the department has determined the explanation the provider submitted on Jan. 18, 2013, to be unsatisfactory.”

The revocation covered all three of Sidello’s daycare locations, Amy’s Academy in Lake Geneva, Amy’s Academy in Greenfield and Amy’s Daycare in Franklin.

The notice of revocation noted that Sidello’s daycares had overbilled the state by $35,000 in daycare subsidies.

The state also sent letters to Sidello on Feb. 1 and Feb. 22 noting that her centers had claimed more in day care reimbursements than they were properly allowed.

The letters accused Sidello’s day care business of:

The overpayments by location were: $22,707 to Greenfield, $9,685 to Franklin and $3,370 to Lake Geneva.

According to the letters, the overpayments in Lake Geneva were for Jan. 1, 2012 to April 8, 2012; and for the period March 11 to May 5 and July 8 to Aug. 8, 2012, in Greenfield and Franklin.

Other reasons Sidello’s license was revoked:

In addition to the overpayments, Sadillo failed to notify the state within 24 hours that she had been stopped by the city of Delavan police on Aug. 18, 2012, for driving while intoxicated and that her three minor children were in the car when she was pulled over.

On June 12 this year, Sidello, 42, pleaded guilty before Walworth County Judge David Reddy to a criminal misdemeanor count of drunken driving with a minor in the car.

Sidello was pulled over by Delavan police at about 10:41 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2012 at Interstate 43 and Geneva Street.

According to police reports, Sidello initially refused to take a sobriety test. A blood sample showed her blood alcohol level at .214 percent. The legal blood-alcohol limit for determining OWI is .08 percent.

She was fined $450 plus costs. She was also sentenced to 90 days in jail with the ability to earn time off for good behavior.

Sidello was also required to attend a victim impact panel, with her jail time reduced to 45 days after completing the program.

Her driver’s license was revoked for eight months and her car had to have an ignition interlock for eight months after.

She was also ordered to comply with an intoxicated driver assessment plan and driver safety plan.

In its final notice of revocation to Sidello, the Department of Children and Families noted:

“The department has determined that the behaviors and actions exhibited by Amy Sidello in the commission of the criminal offense are not those of a mature, responsible individual who utilizes sound judgment. Her disregard of the law placed citizens at risk of injury or death and jeopardized the health, safety and welfare of her own minor children.”

The report also said that the overpayments “demonstrate the inability of Amy Sidello to manage the financial resources of the centers in a sound, fiscally accountable manner within the confines of the law.

Before losing its license, Amy’s Academy, Lake Geneva, advertised itself as a child care and preschool facility that served children ages four weeks to 12 years.

The day care center, which was open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, served served breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily.

According to a Coldwell Banker real estate site, the 4,540-square-foot building housing Amy’s Academy was built in 1955.

It had been a day care called Grandma June’s before Sidello licensed it as Amy’s Academy in 2006.

The asking price for the property is listed as $184,900.