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Green Bay's Learning Years Tied to Wisconsin Shares Fraud


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - State officials say a Green Bay child care center altered its attendance records to collect an extra $40,000 from the Wisconsin Shares program. The Learning Years center had its state license revoked in February, and its subsidies in the Wisconsin Shares program were suspended in March.

But Brown County Corporation Counsel Jon Luetscher says the center is still operating without state assistance while it appeals the suspension. The state Children and Families agency said it became aware in January that the Learning Years center might have falsified attendance and staff training records.

The reported Wisconsin Shares’ overpayments occurred between last January and this past January. The center is licensed for 103 children. About three-fourths are in the Wisconsin Shares program for working poor families.

The program has had millions of dollars in fraud in recent years, and lawmakers recently cracked down on it. Meanwhile, another child care provider in Milwaukee has been criminally charged with billing Wisconsin Shares for kids not in her care. Prosecutors said Tanya Luckett of the Active Minds center received at least $3,500 in false billings. She’s due back in court next Wednesday.