The state is still having problems solving the major scandal that is Wisconsin Shares. From the MacIver News Service, March 16, 2010:
[Madison, Wisc...] Fraud continues to be discovered within the controversial child care program known as Wisconsin Shares.
A total of $663,577 in overpayments to suspended providers were newly reported this month, bringing the cumulative total overpayments to suspended child care providers in the program to more than $7 million.
The program, aimed to help low-income families pay for child care, continues to be riddled with waste, fraud and abuse according to the latest report from the Department of Children and Families. In February, the Department of Children and Families spent $231,700 on fraud prevention and investigation, and had $54,400 in expenses related to recovering overpayments due to error or fraud.
As a result of those nearly $300,000 in expenditures, DCF recovered $610,446 in overpayments and/or restitution in February ($453,597 in child care overpayments to individuals and $156,597 in overpayments to child care providers).
The Department has been required to provide the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance with monthly reports since mid 2009 after widespread reports of abuse within the program.
Five more child care providers were suspended from participating in Wisconsin Shares in February, bringing the total number of suspended providers to more than 200.
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