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.