A report in today's Washington Times tells the story of an investigation into fraud in the Head Start Program. Fifteen program locations were visited and child enrollment fraud was found at 8 sites. Investigating agents posed as parents wanting to enroll their children. The results:
- In Wisconsin, a "grandpa" and "grandmother" presented their paystubs for proof of income and the school enroller decided to record only the "grandmother's" paystub, because it indicated the smaller income of the two.
- Children were accepted for enrollment with parents making more than $110,000 per year.
- 63 children were counted multiple times to make centers appear to be fully enrolled.
- Proof of employment was ignored.
- Extraordinarily high numbers of "homeless" children were found. Homeless children are automatically eligible for enrollment.