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Early Fraud Program

There are Early Fraud investigators located at the district offices to detect and prevent welfare fraud before benefits are issued.  

Field/Prosecution Units

Field investigators look into fraud on both active and closed cases.
Their fraud investigation referrals come from:

  • Staff at the district offices
  • The Central Fraud Reporting Line
  • We Tip
  • Database matches such as wage and asset
  • Phone calls from the public
  • Other public and private agencies
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Criminal Courts Building

Fraud investigators at the Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles act as a Court Liaison to handle customers being charged with welfare fraud.
The investigators’ duties include:

  • Processing Arraignment Notices
  • Issuing subpoenas
  • Fingerprinting and photographing suspects prior to arraignment
  • Completing necessary paperwork to enter an Intentional Program              Violation sanction.
Common Welfare Fraud

The most common types of Welfare Fraud found during investigations are:

  • Absent parent in the home
  • Unreported income
  • Child(ren) out of the home
  • Residency (living outside of Los Angeles County or California)
General Statistics
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  • Annually, field investigators handle 15,000 to 20,000 fraud cases or referrals
  • Annually, investigators find fraud on 5,000 to 8,000 cases
  • Each year, approximately 200 cases are sent to the District Attorney (DA) for potential prosecution
    •   95% of the cases result in conviction
    •   Most of the convicted cases will have a court-order to pay                      the County back
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You can report Welfare Fraud anonymously through any of the sources below:

ONLINE


 

CENTRAL FRAUD REPORTING LINE (CFRL)

 1-800-349-9970


 

WeTip ANONYMOUS CRIME REPORTING

1-800-782-7463


VIA MAIL OR IN-PERSON AT:

12000 Hawthorne Blvd.,
Hawthorne, Ca. 90250


Identity Theft

If you are a victim of identity theft, file a police report at your nearest Police or Sheriff station closest to where you live (California Penal Code Section 530.6).

Reporting Other Frauds

Child Abuse (800) 540-4000

Elder Abuse (213) 351-5401

In-Home Supportive Services Fraud (IHSS)  (800) 822-6222

Medi-Cal Fraud (800) 822-6222

Social Security Fraud (800) 269-0271

To report welfare fraud contact the appropriate County Agency directly. If you need assistance in determining which agency to call contact the Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-344-8477 or by e-mail at FraudHotline@dss.ca.gov.