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California Department of Social Services presents……. How to Report Welfare Fraud. Report Welfare Fraud State of California Fraud Hotline: 1-800-344-TIPS (8477) . What is Welfare Fraud?. Welfare benefits are intended to help people who have come upon hard times get back on their feet. .

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    california department of social services presents

    California Department of Social Services presents…….

    How to Report Welfare Fraud

    Report Welfare Fraud

    State of California Fraud Hotline: 1-800-344-TIPS (8477)

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    what is welfare fraud
    What is Welfare Fraud?

    Welfare benefits are intended to help people who have come upon hard times get back on their feet.

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    examples of fraud in california
    Examples of Fraud in California
    • In one county a husband and wife applied for cash-aid on their alleged low income.
    • The couple failed to report that the wife owned a liquor store and recycling business.
    • The wife also drove a $76,000 luxury car and had almost $150,000 hidden in her dresser drawer.
    • In another county, a woman used a fake Social Security number to obtain almost $2,000 in cash aid and CalFresh.
    • Retail stores exchanging cash for CalFresh EBT Cards.

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    reporting welfare fraud
    Reporting Welfare Fraud

    Why should we report Welfare Fraud activities?

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    what information will i be asked when i make a report
    What Information Will I be Asked When I Make a Report?

    Information that will be helpful with the investigation includes:

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    Investigations are conducted by the county

    Welfare Fraud Hotline

    • Counties are mandated to conduct investigations of alleged criminal conduct within the CalWORKs and CalFresh (Food Stamp) programs.
    • To report welfare fraud contact the appropriate County Agencydirectly.

    Or

    • If you need assistance in determining which county to call contact the Welfare Fraud Hotline at:

    1-800-344-8477

    • or by e-mail at: FraudHotline@dss.ca.gov

    Fraud

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    additional fraud reporting resources
    Additional Fraud Reporting Resources

    To report suspected Social Security abuse:

    • Office of Inspector General Department of Health & Human Services ATTN: HOTLINE PO Box 23489 Washington, DC 20026
    • Phone - 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)
    • Fax - 1-800-223-8164

    To report In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Fraud:

    • DHCS IHSS Fraud Hotline: 1-888-717-8302
    • Email: IBREF@dhcs.ca.gov
    • On-line at: https://apps.dhcs.ca.gov/AutoForm2/default.aspx?af=1828

    To report Child Abuse:

    • Child Protective Services:

    http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG93.htm

    • CPS Hot lines:

    http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG20.htm

    • Child Welfare Information Gateway:

    http://www.childwelfare.gov/responding/reporting.cfm

    To report suspected Medi-Cal fraud or elder abuse:

    • California Department of Justice Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud Elder Abuse P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
    • Phone Toll-free: (800) 722-0432 Attorney General's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse
    • On-line at:

    https://oag.ca.gov/bmfea/reporting

    To report EBT trafficking:

    • USDA’s OIG hotlines:

    1-800-424-9121

    usda.hotline@oig.usda.gov

    To report suspected WIC abuse:

    • File a complaint by calling (800) 852-5770, ask for the Program Integrity Unit.
    • File a complaint by writing to: Program Integrity UnitWIC Supplemental Nutrition Branch3901 Lennane DriveSacramento, CA 95834
    • File a complaint by email to:

    WICABUSE@cdph.ca.gov

    • eFax: (916) 440-5575

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    welfare fraud investigations can result in a variety of outcomes
    Welfare Fraud Investigations can result in a variety of outcomes
    • A denial of benefits
    • A reduction of benefits
    • A discontinuance of benefits
    • Restitution action
    • In cases where there is clear criminal intent to commit fraud, and the amount of fraud is significant, a complete and detailed report is sent to the District Attorney’s Office with a request for criminal prosecution.
    • Once a conviction is obtained, the offender could:
    • Be ordered to pay restitution
    • Receive a jail sentence in county jail
    • Receive a state prison sentence

    State of California Fraud Hotline: 1-800-344-TIPS (8477)

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