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Reporting Suspected Welfare Fraud

Welfare fraud is reported in a variety of ways depending upon the State in which the person(s) lives and thereby where he or she commits the fraud.  While UCOWF is an organization of investigators we, as an organization, do not engage in the investigation or the oversight of the complaints we receive.  We can only pass them on or provide the portal with which to do so.  Further, there are many situations where the information provided may not constitute fraud, but may effect a change in the case record of which you would not be aware and which the agency by law cannot disclose to you.  We appreciate your vigilance in reporting suspected fraud and abuse, as no matter what the outcome, it does put the agency administering programs and those receiving benefits on notice that they are being watched.  Your support and interest ultimately contributes to increased program integrity.

To report fraud, find the state in which the person you suspect of committed lives.  Use the reporting contact information to file your report consistent with the method(s) available in that State.  Keep in mind the following when reporting fraud:


  • Anonymously reporting suspected fraud may or may not be permitted by the appropriate officials.  If you wish to remain anonymous, ask about the policy on anonymous reports before providing any information.
  • Be aware that fraud is normally a criminal offense.  Once reported, it is most likely that you will not be contacted again or 'updated on the progress' of any criminal investigation; it is strictly prohibited in criminal investigations.
  • Have as much information as possible when making the report to include why you believe or know the individual receives public assistance and why you believe the individual has committed fraud.  The more information available to officials, the more likely investigations will be initiated.
  • Baseless reports filed simply for retribution or spite can result in the individual knowingly making the baseless report vulnerable to criminal charges.

 


 

State

Reporting Contact Information

Alabama

Alabama Department of Human Resources

Office of Fraud and Overpayments

Fraud and Overpayments Director
Phone Number: (334) 242-1900

Alaska

Department of Health and Social Services
Div of Public Assistance/Fraud Control Unit

 
Anchorage: (907) 269-1060 or 1-800-478-6406
Wasilla: (907) 376-3903 or 1-800-478-7778
Fairbanks: (907) 451-2850 or 1-800-478-2850
Kenai: (907) 283-2900 or 1-800-478-9032

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Arizona

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Consumer Information and Complaints

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 Fraud Hotline: 1-800-251-2436


Arkansas

Office of Quality Assurance

Fraud Investigations

 

Phone: 501.682.8849

FAX:   501.682.8646

California

Department of Social Services
PO Box 944243, MS 19-26
Sacramento, CA 94244-2430

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Toll Free: 800 344-8477


Colorado

Fraud Hotline: 1-877-934-6361

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Connecticut

Online Reporting: http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2351&q=305906

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Delaware

Delaware Health and Social Services

Audit & Recovery Management Services (ARMS)

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Phone: (302) 255-9010


District of Columbia  

Office of Program Review, Monitoring and Investigation (OPRMI)

Hotline: (202) 673-4464


Florida

Online Fraud Reporting Hotline link:

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/access/ReportFraud/MainForm.aspx


Georgia

Georgia DHR Office of Investigative Services

Fraud hotline: 1-800-282-4063


Hawaii

State of Hawaii

Welfare Fraud Hotline: 808 587-8444


Idaho

Call toll-free at 1-866-635-7515

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Illinois  

Department of Healthcare and Family Services 
Office of the Inspector General

 
Online Reporting: http://www.state.il.us/agency/oig/reportfraud.asp

Indiana

Hotline: (800) 446-1993

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Iowa

Department of Inspections and Appeals
Division of Investigations

Hotline: 1-800-831-1394


Kansas

Dept of Social and Rehabilitation Services
915 SW Harrison, 6th Floor South
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: 785 296-3967

Fax: 785 296-4960


Kentucky

Office of the Inspector General
Division of Audit  & Investigations
275 East Main Street, 5E-D
Frankfort, KY 40621-0001

Medicaid and Welfare Fraud and Abuse Hotline:  1-800-372-2970


Louisiana

Fraud and Recovery Section
P.O. Box 91147
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9147

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Fraud Hotline at 800-256-3150


Maine

Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
11 State House Station
Whitten Road

Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

Report Welfare Fraud Toll Free: 1-800-442-6003


Maryland

Online reporting: http://www.dhr.maryland.gov/oig/fraud.php

Welfare Fraud hotline: 1-800-332-6347


Massachusetts

The Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI)  
One Ashburton Place, Room 1402
Boston, MA 02108

 
Hotline: 1-800-FRAUD-99 (24 hours)

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Michigan  

Michigan Department of Human Services

Welfare Fraud hotline: 1-800-222-8558

Report welfare fraud online: http://www.mfia.state.mi.us/OIG/SubmitComplaint.aspx?ComplaintMode=client


Minnesota

Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-627-9977

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Mississippi

Department of Human Services
750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39205

Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-299-6905

Missouri

Jodie Bayless

MO DSS Investigations Unit

Phone: 877-770-8055
Fax: 573-751-0196
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Montana

MT Department of Public Health and Human Services

 
Toll free: (800) 201-6308

 
Online: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/qad/

Nebraska

NE Health & Human Services

Phone:  Omaha: (402) 595-3789

Lincoln and greater Nebraska: (402) 471-9375

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Nevada

Division of Welfare and Supportive Services

Toll Free: (800) 992-0900  

Online Reporting: https://dwss.nv.gov/maps/IR_ReportFraudForm.htm


New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Special Investigations
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603.271.4392

Fax: 603.271.4472


New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS)

Reporting Details: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/

Toll Free:  800-792-9773


New Mexico

Inspector General
New Mexico Human Services Department
PO Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504
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Toll Free number 1-800-228-4802


New York  

New York State
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Program Integrity

Online Reporting: http://www.otda.ny.gov/resources/welfare-fraud/

To report potential Medicaid fraud, please contact the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General at 1-877-873-7283


North Carolina

NC Division of Social Services
Economic and Family Services Branch

 
919-334-1224

North Dakota

State of North Dakota
Department of Human Services
600 East Boulevard
Dept. 325
Bismark, ND 58505

 
Toll Free Contact:  1 800 472-2622

Ohio

Department of Job and Family Services
PO Box 1618
Columbus, OH 43216-1618

Toll-Free: 1-866-244-0071


Oklahoma

Department of Human Services
Office of Inspector General

Fraud hotline: (800) 784-5887

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Oregon

Department of Human Services
Fraud Investigation Unit
PO Box 14150
Salem, OR 97309

 
Fraud Hotline: 1-888-FRAUD01 (888-372-8301)
Fax: 503-373-1525 (Attn: Fraud Hotline)

Pennsylvania

Report Fraud Online: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3775&&PageID=417581&mode=2

Office of Inspector General
Operations Support Division/Tipline
101 Chestnut Steet
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Welfare Fraud Tipline: (800) 932-0582


Rhode Island

RI Department of Human Services
FRED/FRAUD Unit
 
Online Reporting: https://www.dhs.ri.gov/dynamic/fraudAbuseForm.do

Phone: (401) 222-1700

Fax: 401.222.1708


South Carolina

Special Agent in Charge
Division of Investigation
SC Department of Social Services

Phone: (803) 898-7673

Fax: 803.898.7230


South Dakota

SD Department of Social Services
Recoveries and Fraud Investigations

 
Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-765-7867

Online Reporting: http://dss.sd.gov/benefitfraud/benefit/reportform.asp

Tennessee

Department of Human Services
Investigations Section
400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37248-0080

Phone: (615) 313-4708

Fax: 615.313.6615


Texas

Health & Human Services Commission
Office of the Inspector General

Fraud Hotline: 1-800-436-6184

Texas HHSC OIG online reporting: https://oig.hhsc.state.tx.us/WafRep/


Utah

Payment and Error Prevention Unit
Department of Workforce Services

Telephone: (801) 626-3144

Fax: 801.626.5711


Vermont

Economic Services Division
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676-1500
Phone: 1-800-479-6151

Virginia

Virginia Department of Social Services
Fraud Management

Telephone: (804) 726-7681 or (804) 726-7679

Fax: 804.726.7669


Washington

Department of Social and Human Services
Division of Fraud Investigations
 

Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-562-6906

Fax: 360-438-8140 (ATTN: Fraud Hotline)


West Virginia

Department of Health and Human Resources
Investigations and
Fraud Management
State Capitol Complex Building 6, Room 861
1900 Kanawha Blvd.

Charleston, West Virginia 25801

Telephone: (304) 558-1862

Fax: 304.558.2363

Wisconsin

Public Assistance Fraud Program
Division of Healthcare Access and Accountability

 
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/fraud/

 
To report Public Assistance Fraud, contact your county/tribal agency fraud specialist

Wyoming

Department of Family Services
Office of Financial Services

Telephone: (307) 777-6101


USDA Food and Nutrition Services

Reporting Food Stamp Abuse/Trafficking by Retailers

By Phone: (800) 424-9121

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