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Wisconsin foster care agency agrees to pay state $1M

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has reached a settlement with a Middleton-based foster care placement agency, Community Care Resources Inc., for $1,000,000. DCF launched an aggressive investigation into CCR's books for the years 2009 to 2011, accusing them of overcharging taxpayers in the approximate amount of $6,000,000. The money was allegedly used by the owners for excessive salaries, trips and luxury cars, according to DCF officials.

CCR had been providing foster care services to 37 counties in Wisconsin for more than 25 years. According to the agency's spokesperson, CCR did not defraud the state, and a forensic accounting firm had proven that the payments that DCF was disputing were documented correctly and that most of their claims were the result of the state's accounting errors. CCR requested a dismissal of the case, based upon those errors; however, last February their license was revoked. They have been continuing to operate during the appeal process involving the revocation.

CCR has agreed to pay DCF 17 percent of the reimbursement that they were claiming, and a spokesperson called it an accounting reconciliation. To date, there have not been any criminal charges filed in spite of the fact that the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services' chairwoman had requested a criminal investigation.

For anyone in the Milwaukee area who has been charged with white collar crimes, the knowledge that any one of those crimes may involve considerable criminal penalties could be unsettling. A seasoned Milwaukee white collar criminal defense lawyer could help with an initial consultation build a strong defense while ensuring the accused that every possible available legal option is explored.

Source: CT Post, "Foster care agency accused of fraud to pay $1M", October 04, 2013

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