New Legislation for Welfare Fraud Money
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CREATED May. 6, 2013
BROWN COUNTY, WI – Brown County leaders are cracking down on welfare fraud, now they want to see the benefits.
Today, a new piece of legislation is unveiled that will keep uncovered fraud money in the county and stop the burden on local taxpayers.
The bill with bi-partisan support is sponsored by Rep. Chad Weininger, Rep. Andre Jacque, and rep. Eric Genrich. If it passes into law, the sponsors hope all 72 counties in the state will take the initiative to “stamp out fraud.”
“Our goal here is to make sure those in need have the assistance available,” said Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive.
The county has been using investigators to uncover fraud. Right now, taxpayers pay for the program, but the money recovered, goes back to state and federal levels.
Rep. Weininger said that in 2012, Brown County has uncovered about a $500,000 in fraud money. But the county has only kept about $82,000. The program to fund the initiative costs about $193,000. The legislation proposes the county keep 20% of the uncovered funds. The proposal will also allow the County to fully fund an Assistant District Attorney, and the two Sheriff’s Deputies that are currently being funded by Brown County residents.
“Brown County has a model program. Why isn't it being replicated elsewhere? Because of the cost to taxpayers,” said Rep. Andre Jacque.
The next step for the legislation is to go to the Joint Finance Committee. Rep. Jacque said he hopes to see the bill move quickly, and have it on the Governor’s desk by the end of the summer