Wisconsin Shares Fraud Crackdown Saves $45 Million
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently announced savings of $45 million in the Wisconsin Shares Program, which provide childcare assistance to low-income families. In 2009, several fraudulent and questionable activities within the Shares program came to light as a result of newspaper reports and findings by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau. As a result, DCF has begun to crack down on fraud and realized savings as a result of work to recover funds from fraudulent providers, stopping payments to those suspected of fraud, and the deterrent effect caused by DCF’s investigation. If you know or suspect fraudulent activity occurring in state programs, you can report your concerns to the State’s Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement Hotline at 877-FRAUD-17 (877-372-8317) or online at the link above.