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    “You have 30 seconds to take that towel off:” Prosecutors say ‘sextortion’ is a growing problem

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — What would you do to keep nude images of yourself from going public? For a growing number of people, the answer appears to be — whatever it takes. And that is giving rise to a new and disturbing category of crime, commonly known as ‘sextortion.’ It’s a form of blackmail that usually involves threats to release sexual images of a victim unless the victim pays money or performs sexual favors. It’s happening to adults and kids in […]

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    Working the system: Bill would take “two strikes, you’re out” approach to unemployment fraud

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The unemployment insurance fund is supposed to be a safety net for people who want to work, but can’t find a job. But a FOX6 investigation finds that many of the people defrauding the unemployment system actually have jobs. They just claim they don’t, so they keep collecting benefits. In other words, they are literally working the system. In order to keep a roof over his own head, Nick Brzezinski repairs and installs them for others. For more […]

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    “We should intervene sooner:” Truancy rate among young kids skyrockets, what can be done?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — In the last five years, truancy among young children in Wisconsin has skyrocketed. Statewide, the habitual truancy rate among kindergartners is up 41%. It’s the same story for first, second and third graders too, according to data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Students are habitually truant when they miss five or more days of class, without an excuse. During the 2013-2014 school year, 5,770 kindergartners were habitually truant — nearly 10% of the 61,000 kindergartners […]

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    “Leave me alone!” Tow truck driver refuses to talk about questionable towing agreement

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — He’s back! He’s a sketchy tow truck driver with a nasty temper. And he’s still taking advantage of a new state law that cuts police out of the towing process. When FOX6 News first exposed this problem back in February, West Milwaukee police ordered the towing company at the center of the story to close up shop. So they did. A few days later, they were back in business in the city of Milwaukee. And, apparently, up […]

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    “Is our money safe?” Watertown man accused in $10M Ponzi scheme dies amid criminal investigation

    WATERTOWN (WITI) — A small town insurance agent is accused of running a $10 million Ponzi scheme. For the past few weeks, victims in this multi-million dollar scheme wondered if the man who lied to them about their investments was really dying. This week, they found out his health problems were real. It’s a fair bet Bernie Madoff has never set foot on the banks of the Rock River. But a Watertown insurance agent did a pretty good impression. “You would not think […]

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    The skinny on losing weight with the HCG Diet

    GERMANTOWN (WITI) — Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows there’s more than one way to lose weight. But is there a safe way to lose weight, and lose it fast? A woman from West Bend called the FOX6 Investigators and complained she had paid $1,411 to lose weight on the HCG Diet — but instead, she had gained. “I have some special weddings coming up and I wanted to look good for these people I haven’t seen […]

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    Most lawmakers agree “upskirting” is morally wrong, but is it a crime? Bill to close loophole has stalled

    MADISON (WITI) — It may be creepy, but it’s still not clear if upskirting is a crime in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill in January that would make it a felony to take secret pictures or videos under a woman’s skirt. But the bill is now stalled in the Senate. “I just (felt) very uneasy. Like someone was right up against, up against me,” an upskirting victim said. There’s no question Jesse Schmucker got busted trying to sneak perverted pictures […]

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    Condo residents living above Bay View Fitness say noise from gym “is painful”

    BAY VIEW (WITI) — Neighbors of a popular Bay View gym are fit to be tied.  They say noise coming from Bay View Fitness shakes their walls and keeps them up at night. Now, they are contemplating legal action. Marcus Wong and his wife Grace don’t get up in the morning to go to the gym. They get up because of the gym. “You would hear a boom and then you would feel the floor shaking. The walls would shake,” says […]

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    “You’re robbin’ folks blind!” New law cuts police out of private property towing process

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Be extra careful where you park your car!  A new state law makes it much easier for private property owners to have you towed. Tow truck drivers in Wisconsin are not required to be licensed or bonded, meaning just about anyone can tow cars. That includes convicted felons. And now, they can tow your car without even waiting for police to write a ticket. Bob Caldwell was shopping at a Save-A-Lot grocery store at 76th and Mill Road […]

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    “I never expected this to happen:” Campus crime stats may not tell the whole story

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Shopping for the right college comes with all sorts of questions. Can you afford it? Does it offer the classes you want? How’s the nightlife? For parents, there is one more important question. Is the campus safe? The FOX6 Investigators have identified the Wisconsin colleges and universities that report the most crime. But our investigation finds there is something missing from those numbers — something that could change the way you feel about campus safety. One of […]

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    Counselor with history of violence against women keeps state license

    NEW BERLIN (WITI) — James Kirsch is what you might call an expert on abuse. He’s a licensed professional counselor in Wisconsin. Last year, he started incorporating horse therapy into his practice. “It’s always been my dream to practice on my own but to include horses,” Kirsch told an undercover FOX6 producer. Kirsch’s fiancee operates a horseback riding lesson company called 14 Carrot Stables in New Berlin. On her property, Kirsch runs his owns business, the Wellness Health Ranch. There, his […]

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    Unemployment fraud: State seeks no criminal charges in 99.8% of cases

    PORT WASHINGTON (WITI) — The economy is improving, businesses are expanding and unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 2008. So why are thousands of people with jobs still claiming they’re jobless? It is a common form of fraud, but what’s far less common is jail time for those caught ripping off the unemployment system. A FOX6 investigation finds the state did not seek criminal charges against tens of thousands of people suspected of filing false claims. John Weinrich says that’s […]

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