United Council on Welfare Fraud

Strengthening Integrity in our Public Assistance Programs

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UNITED COUNCIL ON WELFARE FRAUD, INCORPORATED

BY-LAWS

PREAMBLE

The primary goal of this organization shall be to promote maximum effort toward the prevention, detection, elimination, and prosecution of welfare fraud, and toward the recovery of taxpayer monies lost through fraud or error.  Welfare fraud is defined as those unlawful actions on the parts of applicants/recipients, agency staff, or providers of goods or services, that result in improper claims or payments.

The Charter Jurisdictions of the United Council on Welfare Fraud, Incorporated, are as follows:

Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia, Maine, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and West Virginia.

ARTICLE I - TITLE

The title of this organization shall be United Council on Welfare Fraud (UCOWF), Incorporated, which shall be referenced in these Bylaws as "Council".


ARTICLE II - PURPOSES

Section 1.  Through the active participation of a broad group of persons and agencies concerned with the prevention, detection, elimination and prosecution of welfare fraud and the recovery of taxpayer monies lost through fraud or error, the Council is dedicated to:

A.  providing education, training, and staff development relating to welfare fraud by the discussion and dissemination of laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures used for the prevention, detection, elimination, and prosecution of fraudulent welfare activities and the recovery of taxpayer monies lost through fraud or error;

B.  promoting efficient and effective means to prevent, detect, eliminate and prosecute welfare fraud;

C.  disseminating information reflecting accurately the nature and extent of welfare fraud and the recovery of taxpayer monies lost through fraud or error;

D.  promoting the effective and efficient administration of public welfare programs; and

E.  holding an annual international training conference and/or regional conferences, for the purposes of education, networking, and technical assistance to members.

F.   maintaining and administering the Certified Welfare Fraud Investigator (CWFI) Program to assist members in professional advancement and to recognize a high level of expertise in public assistance fraud investigations.



 

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