A state-funded foster-care agency in Middleton is accused of misusing nearly five million in taxpayer dollars, prompting two Republican State Senators  to call for a criminal investigation.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal

“...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.”

“I’m outraged that so many people are so willing to milk the systems designed for our disadvantaged youth," State Senator Vukmir told RightWisconsin Monday. "We need to put an end to these atrocities and I urge the Department of Justice and the Attorney General to investigate these actions so justice will be served."

State Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Senator Vukmir demanded an immediate criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. “The use of any taxpayer money for personal gain is unacceptable," said Cowles. "I feel that a full review of the program by the Legislative Audit Bureau and potential prosecution by the Department of Justice is in order to protect Wisconsin’s foster choldren.”

Vukmir tells us she wants to find out how this went undetected for years.

"It's incomprehensible how long CCR was getting away with charging taxpayers for their inflated salaries and personal expenses; such as payments on homes, vehicles and boats.” she said.

In her statement with Cowles, Vukmir explained the scam.

“According to the documents I reviewed, the state was billed for inflated salaries, personal expenses and travel, as well as payments toward their homes, vehicles and boats," she said. "This case is a growing pattern of criminal behavior; stealing from programs designed for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable citizens."

Sen. Cowles agreed.

“The fraud, theft and abuse of Wisconsin’s programs will not be tolerated,” he said.