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Some child support recipients had payments stolen in Target security breach

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - At least some Wisconsin child support payments were funneled to identity thieves, leaving custodial parents short of money for their kids.

State officials said Wednesday that about 4,000 debit cards for child support recipients were compromised in the Target Stores' security breach during the holidays.

Children and Families' department spokesman Joe Scialfa said a "handful" of parents actually had child support payments stolen.

Former Milwaukee resident Anita Lichtenberger told the Journal Sentinel she lost $3,600 in the Target breach -- and she didn't know it until she checked the balance on her state-issued debit card.

The company which issues the debit cards issued new ones to all affected cardholders on January 9th. Scialfa said the firm worked with theft victims to make them whole again as fast as possible.

Lichtenberger said she was late in sending a required form for a provisional refund. Scialfa said she might have to wait 90 days for an international fraud investigation to be completed.

Around 40 million Target customers were affected by the security breach from late November through mid-December.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)