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Eleven more child care providers lose funding from Wisconsin Shares

Eleven more child care providers have had their state funding cut off, for defrauding the Wisconsin Shares program or violating its rules.

This brings to 99 the number of providers cut off since a state audit discovered millions of dollars in fraudulent or suspicious payments to those supposedly providing care for the working poor.

Among the latest suspects was a Kenosha woman who billed the state for 90 hours a week for caring for her grandkids while their mother was working just 40 hours.

Officials said she also failed to submit required attendance records for the youngsters.

She owes the state around $58,000. Most of the Wisconsin Shares fraud cases and violators have been from Milwaukee.

But the latest cut offs were scattered around the state, as far north as Chippewa and Bayfield counties.

Those cut off have been referred to a special law enforcement task force for further investigation. That group was formed a few weeks ago, in response to the fraud reports.