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Gov. Scott Walker talks new plans to crackdown on welfare fraud

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says new plans will be unveiled this week to reduce fraud in Wisconsin's public assistance programs. 

The Republican Walker says he's been alerted to problems exposed in recent weeks by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel plus, "other things that have come up since then." 

He didn't say what those things were -- and he did not indicate what reforms might be proposed. Walker said the Health Services Department would roll out the new measures.

The Journal Sentinel found cases in which the incomes of those applying aid were not verified -- including a Milwaukee woman with $4 million of rental properties who got $150,000 in assistance.  

Also, the paper said front line government workers have been pressured to approve as many public benefit requests as possible -- including some which may be fraudulent -- so the state can receive millions of dollars in federal incentives.  

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