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.

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Find Your State

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
Email:  fraud_allegations@alaska.gov

Arizona

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Consumer Information and Complaints

consumerinfo@azag.gov
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
Email: fraudhotline@dss.ca.gov
Toll Free: 800 344-8477

Colorado

Fraud Hotline: 1-877-934-6361
Email: elsa.anaya@state.co.us

Delaware

Delaware Health and Social Services

Audit & Recovery Management Services (ARMS)

Email: dhssinfo@state.de.us
Phone: (302) 255-9010

District of Columbia

Office of Program Review, Monitoring and Investigation (OPRMI)

Hotline: (202) 673-4464

Florida

Georgia

Georgia DHR Office of Investigative Services

Fraud hotline: 1-800-282-4063

Hawaii

State of Hawaii

Welfare Fraud Hotline: 808 587-8444

Idaho

State of Idaho, Dept. of Health & Welfare

Bureau of Audit & Investigations

Phone: 208-334-0609
E-mail: steve.bellomy@dhw.idaho.gov

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

Email: wendell.hoskins@fssa.in.gov

Iowa

Department of Inspections and Appeals

Division of Investigations

Email: steve.squires@dia.iowa.gov or tricia.dieleman@dia.iowa.gov
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
Email: ofsfraud@dss.state.la.us
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)
Email: Infoline@SAO.state.ma.us

Michigan

Michigan Department of Human Services

Welfare Fraud hotline: 1-800-222-8558

Minnesota

Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-627-9977
Email: root@mfia.org

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
Email: DLS.ReportFraud@dss.mo.gov

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
Email: DHHS.InvestigationsSIU@nebraska.gov

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
Special Investigations Unit

129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603.271.9258
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
Email: HSDOIGFRAUD@state.nm.us
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
Email: OIGFraud2@okdhs.org

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

Office of Inspector General
Operations Support Division/Tipline

101 Chestnut Steet
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Welfare Fraud Tipline: (800) 932-0582
Report Fraud Online: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3775&&PageID=417581&mode=2

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
Fraud and Recovery Unit

Telephone: (307) 777-3526

USDA Food and Nutrition Services

Reporting Food Stamp Abuse/Trafficking by Retailers

By Phone: (800) 424-9121
By Email: usda_hotline@oig.usda.gov

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.