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Busted Pre-Paid Funeral Fund Receiver Says There Was WrongdoingSubmitted: 02/16/2013
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MADISON - Last fall we learned a state pre-paid funeral organization's trust fund was missing millions of dollars. Now the court-appointed receiver of the Wisconsin Funeral Trust says there was substantial wrongdoing in operating the plan.

State investigators say the trust was mismanaged to the toll of millions of dollars for people who paid for funerals in advance.

John Wirth says there will likely be litigation to recover lost assets.

Wirth's office has issued 39 subpoenas and reviewed more than 100,000 pages of emails and documents.

He says there were several hundred people who had investments and have died since the problems were exposed. They have, for the most part, had their funerals covered.

But, the funeral homes are getting about 60 cents on the dollar in reimbursement.




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Nicolet College offers Jump! Start, which helps people with special needs go to college and prepare for the workforce.

College student Ashley Mathy has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition listed on the autism spectrum.

As a high school senior, she was told she would never make it to college because she would fail.

"You're going to have failures. You're going to have people tell you that you can't do things all the time whether you have a disability or you don't have one. And you just have to prove them wrong because if you don't, then you'll just let failure take you away," said Mathy.

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"This is a new initiative, I guess, to try to build landlord relationships and awareness of homelessness and people in need," said Housing Program team leader Lori Hallas.

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