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Cashing in on kids

In a two-part series, Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found a trail of phony businesses and child-care providers who were tapping into taxpayer subsidies for child care in Wisconsin. Rutledge reviewed thousands of pages of documents, and also obtained records from whistle-blowers that the county and state refused to release. Her findings revealed that it was easy take advantage of the system. With access to just a limited number of cases, Rutledge identified about $750,000 in suspicious subsidies.

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