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Officials cut off funding to 36 child care providers in Wisconsin Shares

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State officials cut off funding to 36 child-care providers last month, for allegedly defrauding the Wisconsin Shares program.

The Department of Children and Families gave the latest figures to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.

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Thirty of the newest offenders are from Milwaukee County and two of the 36 providers have since had their reimbursements restored.

Wisconsin Shares provides state-funded child care to low-income parents so they can work.

But an audit showed that providers falsely claimed up to $20 million in care reimbursements last year alone.

The Legislature recently approved several bills to crack down on that fraud. Gov. Jim Doyle signed the measures last Friday.

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