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

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.

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.