Welfare Loophole: Sisters Make Over $540,000 Babysitting Kids
Wynton Hall — A four-month investigation of the $340 million taxpayer-funded “Wisconsin Shares” welfare childcare program found the program rife with abuse and loopholes.
In one instance, research conducted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that four sisters with 17 children bagged $540,000.00 in taxpayer monies since 2006 by simply staying home and babysitting for each other. The most shocking part: it’s perfectly legal.
“It’s a loophole,” said Laurice Lincoln, administrative coordinator for child care with the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services. “Do we have concerns about it? Yes, it can be a problem. But if it’s allowed, it’s allowed. We really can’t dispute it.”