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Local lawmakers, authorities support incentive to fight welfare fraud

BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - Local authorities and lawmakers are unveiling a plan to help stamp out fraud in state and federal welfare programs.

State Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) announced Monday details of a bill that already has received local bi-partisan support.

The proposal would incentivize all counties in Wisconsin to further investigate cases of welfare waste, fraud and abuse by returning 20 percent of the funds recovered to the counties. It would cover federal and state programs.

In 2012, Brown County authorities uncovered $593,214 in fraud. It cost the county $193,210 to investigate and prosecute, but only $82,291 was returned to the county.

Weininger says, under his proposal, Brown County would have received $264,734 – enough to pay for two sheriff’s deputies and an assistant district attorney.

Fellow state Representatives Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) and Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) are throwing their support behind the legislation.