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Walker supports bipartisan bill making defrauding job-creation agency a felony

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Gov. Scott Walker says he supports a bipartisan bill that would make providing fraudulent information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

The measure would make providing a false statement on an application for a grant, loan or other WEDC benefit a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The bill also would make anyone who commits such fraud ineligible for WEDC benefits for seven years.

Walker told reporters after speaking at a dairy conference at a Madison convention center that whoever gives fraudulent information to the state should face consequences.

Walker donor William Minahan got a $500,000 WEDC loan in 2011 after checking "no" when asked if his company or any of its officers had been sued in the last five years. Online court records show three lawsuits.

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