A(nother) cautionary tale: Not everyone who says they are selflessly working for the benefit of kids really are altruistic and selfless.

From Middleton comes this genuinely stunning story about the extent to which "takers" will grab what they can from the cookie jar if it's unattended.

A Middleton foster care agency and its top officials allegedly misused nearly $5 million in taxpayer dollars to pay for inflated salaries, luxury cars, personal travel and other inappropriate expenses over a three-year period, according to a letter from the state Department of Children and Families revoking the license of Community Care Resources, Inc.

In the Jan. 23 letter, the state alleges that CCR owner Dan Simon and his wife, Mary, earned at least $531,000 in inflated salaries. In addition, the letter says the company billed the state for more than $64,000 in personal travel, including multiple trips to Alaska and Hawaii; charged $120,000 in expenses related to the Simons' three homes, six vehicles and three boats; bought a 2010 Lexus RX350 for $43,000 and was reimbursed hundreds of thousands of dollars for miscellaneous and undocumented expenses between 2009 and 2011.