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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:47am

Audit: Potenial Fraud In Childcare Program

A state audit has found several cases of potential fraud and abuse in a $210 million-a-year program designed to help low-income parents cover their costs for child care.

Auditors also found lax and inconsistent practices by government regulators. State officials say they're moving quickly to correct those issues.

Among concerns cited by auditors: 699 people received $2.4 million in combined child care subsidies in 2010-2011, although records show that each was exceeding the income eligibility requirements by an average of $5,366.

The Childcare and Parent Services program helps low-income parents with child care costs and also subsidizes child care for foster children after school and in the summer.

The audit is scheduled to be released Friday.