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Milwaukee Man Gets Prison for Hiding Wis. Shares Income


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man who got over $700,000 from the Wisconsin Shares child care program will spend 6 months in prison for hiding income from a bankruptcy court. 44-year-old Willie Kohlheim Jr. has not been charged with defrauding the state-funded child care program for the working poor.

He and his estranged wife Pamela both pleaded guilty to filing false bankruptcy reports as they sought protections from creditors. Federal Judge Rudolph Randa ordered Willie Kohlheim to pay $40,000 in restitution. Pamela will be sentenced next month.

The Journal Sentinel found that the couple received $1.3 million from Wisconsin Shares when regulators had ignored widespread fraud. A task force is looking into that fraud, but officials have not said whether the Kohlheims face charges for it. The couple is in the process of getting a divorce.