Reporting Suspected Improper Receipt of Program Benefits

The mission of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is to ensure benefits are properly dispersed to eligible beneficiaries under the law. SIU works with federal partners and county attorneys to recover benefits improperly paid to DHHS clients and/or to prosecute offenders as required by law.

SIU Programs include:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • Financial Assistance to Needy Families (FANF)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • State Supplemental Programs
  • Title XX Child Care
  • Medicaid

It is against the law to obtain public assistance by withholding information or giving false or inaccurate information.

The fraudulent possession, use or transfer of SNAP is also a punishable felony offense.

Anyone can report suspected fraud and abuse to SIU. We receives anonymous reports, as well as reports from other DHHS programs, and other government agencies.

The two most frequent types of welfare fraud are unreported income and incorrect reporting of number of household members.

Examples of fraud or abuse by a client of DHHS include:

  • Fails to report all income when applying for benefits – such as unemployment or workers compensation;
  • Fails to report additional household members such as a spouse or misrepresents the number of children currently living in the home;
  • Fails to report resources such as bank accounts or misrepresents expenses such as shelter costs;
  • Allows someone else to use his or her benefits card (EBT) or sells all or a portion of their benefits; or
  • Allows another client to use their Medicaid card

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