DOJ to investigate foster-care agency for criminal activity

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating possible criminal activity by the owners of Community Care Resources Inc., the Middleton foster-care agency that the state has accused of misusing millions of taxpayer dollars.
The confirmation came in a letter responding to the State Journal’s request for all documents involving CCR.
“The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) does have an investigative case file that is responsive to your request,” said the letter dated Feb. 28 from Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter. “However, because the investigation remains open and active, and the continued confidentiality of the records is material to that ongoing investigation, we decline to release that information to you at this time.”
The state Department of Children and Families has revoked CCR’s license to place foster children and license foster parents, alleging that the company has overcharged counties by $6.1 million between 2009 and 2011 in part to pay for excessive salaries, three homes, six vehicles and three boats for owner Dan Simon and his wife, Mary, who also works at the company.
The for-profit child-placing agency continues to operate while it appeals the revocation before the state Division of Hearings and Appeals. A pre-hearing on the appeal is scheduled for June 7.