There are Early Fraud investigators located at the district offices to detect and prevent welfare fraud before benefits are issued.
Field investigators look into fraud on both active and closed cases.
Their fraud investigation referrals come from:
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:
The most common types of Welfare Fraud found during investigations are:
You can report Welfare Fraud anonymously through any of the sources below:
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).
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.