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State accuses foster care provider of misusing taxpayer money


MIDDLETON (WKOW)--Wisconsin state officials are accusing a Middleton foster care agency of misusing nearly $5 million in taxpayer money.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has revoked the state license of Community Care Resources. The agency allegedly inflated salaries and spent money on luxury cars, personal travel and other inappropriate expenses between the years 2009 and 2011.

The owner of the agency, Dan Simon, has denied these allegations and plans to appeal the revocation.

State regulators say Simon and his wife Mary earned at least $531,000 in inflated salaries. On top of that, the state says the agency billed for more than $64,000 in personal travel, including trips to Alaska and Hawaii.

Community Care Resources says it provides foster-care services to about 200 children around the state.

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