What is Wisconsin Shares Fraud?

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Concerned someone may be using their MyWIChildCare EBT card or subsidy inappropriately? Breaking the rules of the program or using the funds for anything other than the care of children is fraud. Helping prevent fraud only takes a moment. If you need to report fraud and/or suspicious behavior related to the use of a MyWIChildCare EBT card and/or Wisconsin Shares, or YoungStar, Click on the Report Fraud button at the top of the page to share your concerns, or call the DCF Fraud Hotline at 1-877-302-3728, or email dcfmbchildcarefraud@wisconsin.gov.

Read the Prevent MyWIChildCare and Wisconsin Shares Fraud brochure for more information.


Reporting Fraud

The Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program provides assistance across the state, subsidizing over $250 million in child care to over 25,000 families. Program Integrity provides oversight of Wisconsin Shares subsidies to ensure funds are being used appropriately and that the program rules are being followed by parents and child care providers.

Fraud can occur when program rules are abused and/or ignored.

Here are a few examples of possible fraud.

If  someone:

  • Is using their MyWIChildCare subsidy card or subsidy funds inappropriately or fraudulently
  • Is asking for MyWIChildCare Card, account number, or pin that does not belong to them
  • Wants to use the money on the card for things that are not related to the care of the authorized child(ren)
  • Does not report income accurately
  • Falsely reports employment
  • Sells or trades MyWIChildCare cards for services or goods