MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A fire that destroyed the mansion of Milwaukee child care provider Latasha Jackson appears to be suspicious. That’s according to a search warrant obtained by the Journal Sentinel. The warrant said a dog from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives identified 5 separate places where ignitable fluids were apparently placed. Authorities said they were all in the same general area, and it indicated, “potential criminal activity in the form of arson.” The fire took place 2 days after Christmas – and before that, Jackson was being investigated by state officials for bilking tax money from the Wisconsin Shares child care program for the working poor.
Officials said she received $3 million in tax funds over the course of a decade. The mansion was a million-dollar, 7,600 square foot structure with an indoor swimming pool and indoor basketball court. The warrant said fire investigators turned the house back to Jackson a couple days after the blaze – but when they tried to investigate further, she was, “unwilling to return telephone calls.”