There are Early Fraud investigators located at the district offices to detect and prevent welfare fraud before benefits are issued. The investigators handle the Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System that capture fingerprint and photo images of all CalWORKs customers in California and General Relief customers in Los Angeles and other counties.
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:
If you suspect that a person or family is committing welfare fraud, please report it to WFP&I at (800) 344-8477 or email at FraudHotline@dss.ca.gov.
Child Abuse (800) 540-4000
Elder Abuse (213) 351-5401
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) (800) 822-6222
Medi-Cal Fraud (800) 822-6222
Social Security Fraud (800) 269-0271
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).