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2 Milwaukee Child Care Providers Charged With Fraud

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MILWAUKEE (WRN) - Two Milwaukee child care providers have been criminally charged with defrauding the tax funded Wisconsin Shares program. 60-year-old Jurlean Bailey is accused of getting $950,000 in false reimbursements from the program – which provides state child care assistance so low income parents can work. 30-year-old Christina Mitchell is accused of defrauding $84,000. Prosecutors said Bailey’s center recruited parents who watched their children at the center in shifts of one or 2 hours. They said Mitchell’s center did the same thing – but no kids were being cared for at night. The charges are the first since a task force was created in September to root out fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program. That was after a state audit found that $20 million in questionable payments were made to child care providers in 2008. Mitchell told the Journal Sentinel that none of the state’s allegations is true, and she accused investigators of lying. State Children and Families’ secretary Reggie Bicha said the new charges would be, “a wake up call to all who cheat the system.”

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