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Report: Regulators don't verify income of those getting taxpayer-funded aid

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A watchdog report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel shows state regulators are failing to verify the income for individuals collecting taxpayer-supported benefits.

In one example, the Journal-Sentinel reported a Milwaukee woman with six children received more than $150,000 in benefits over the last five years, yet failed to tell the state she collected rent from properties valued at nearly $4 million.

When asked about the properties, the woman claimed they were her mothers', who is also reportedly receives taxpayer-supported benefits, and she doesn't receive money from them.

The report indicates people who claim to be self-employed are usually excluded from cross-referencing of reported income to the IRS and other regulators.

1.1 million people are receiving taxpayer-supported benefits from the state. According to the report, it is unknown how many are claiming to be self-employed.

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