Child care fraud is the hot topic at the State Auditor’s office this week after 60 cases were pulled at random for an audit of the functionality of the child care system. Tom Schweich’s office found was that fifty percent of the randomly-selected cases either lacked the proper documentation or were not in compliance with the policies of the Dept. of Social Services at all.
An anonymous DSS employee, in telling KMOV that fraud is rampant, verified the claim, stating that at least 50 percent of child care cases “need to be really looked at and really investigated.” From KMOV News 4:
The unnamed employee also said child care payments made to parents attending college has lead to fraud. She says the department doesn't require a paid receipt, and in many cases parents only bring a class schedule to prove they are attending class.
The scale of the fraud is more worrying when you know that $151,000,000 in Federal funding is spent every year on child care in Missouri alone – but we also have to wonder, what was Susan Montee doing when she was auditor? Why didn’t she catch this, if the problem is really this bad? She was probably too busy politicizing her office.
It’s a good thing voters threw her out of office.