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State funding cut off at 19 more child care centers accused of fraud or abuse in Wisconsin Shares program

State funding has been cut off at 19 more child care centers accused of fraud or abuse in the Wisconsin Shares program for the working poor.

That brings to 88 the total number of centers which lost their taxpayer aid, since a state audit uncovered $20 million in fraudulent and questionable payments to day care providers last year alone.

State Children and Families' secretary Reggie Bicha said the cases would be referred to a special law enforcement task force for further action.

Bicha said his agency is now ensuring that tax dollars help honest families get the child care they need so they can keep working, instead of "lining the pockets of criminals."

All 19 of the latest centers which lost their state funding are in Milwaukee. Inspectors found two sets of attendance books at the Chonlada Family Center. And officials said they tried to several times to visit the Miracles Start Young center in Milwaukee, but no one was there.

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