Friday, January 30, 2009
Childcare Scams Rake in Thousands - Part 1
On paper Angela Hale is a child-care provider. She reported taking care of the same five kids seven days a week while their mom supposedly worked at a lawn-care service, even in the winter months. The government paid Hale more than $30,000 last year for her child-care business.
It appears the government got duped. Hale didn't care for the kids at times she said she did, nor did the mom legitimately work, the Journal Sentinel found. The newspaper spent four months investigating the $340 million taxpayer-financed child-care system known as Wisconsin Shares and uncovered a trail of phony companies, fake reports and shoddy oversight. (cont.)
Childcare Loopholes Lead to Easy Money - Part 2
The two-story house on 17th St. looks typical of the working-class homes on Racine's west side. Three bedrooms, one bath. Assessed by the city at $122,000. Yet inside, a young woman has tapped into a home-based money-making operation that netted her and her three sisters more than half a million in taxpayer dollars since 2006. And they did it with the blessing of the state.
All four had been in-home child-care providers. Collectively they have 17 children. For years, the government has paid them to stay home and care for each other's children. Nothing illegal about it under the rules of Wisconsin Shares, the decade-old child-care assistance program designed alongside Wisconsin's welfare-to-work program. (cont.)
Thank you to 'Anonymous Reader' for Contributing this Article.
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