Foster care agency accused of fraud to pay $1M


A foster care placement agency will pay the state $1 million under terms of a settlement it reached with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, according to state officials.
The state alleged Community Care Resources Inc., of Middleton, overcharged taxpayers about $6 million between 2009 and 2011 and used some of the money for luxury cars, trips and excessive salaries for its owner, Dan Simon and his wife, Mary Simon, who also worked at CCR.

CCR had contracts with 37 Wisconsin counties to place foster children in licensed homes and provide services to them and the families. CCR had asked an administrative law judge to dismiss the case earlier this year, claiming the state made numerous errors in coming up with its $6 million figure. The agency's license was revoked in February, but it continued to operate while it appealed the revocation.