Welfare Fraud

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The purpose of the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office Welfare Fraud Unit is to protect public welfare funds by reducing welfare fraud through education, early intervention, investigation, and prosecution of those who commit fraud. This unit consists of a Deputy District Attorney, District Attorney Investigators, a paralegal, and support staff.

Welfare fraud occurs when a person makes a false statement or fails to report important information when applying for public assistance in order to receive benefits they are not eligible to receive. These cases make up the vast majority of cases investigated and prosecuted by this unit. However, cases of EBT card skimming, perjury, and identity theft related to welfare fraud are also handled by this unit.

The Welfare Fraud Unit receives referrals of welfare fraud from several sources including the Department of Social Services, the Welfare Fraud Hotline, and other law enforcement agencies. Each referral is reviewed by the welfare fraud investigators. Appropriate cases are referred to the attorney for prosecution. When criminal charges are filed, the attorney prosecutes the case through the court process from the initial arraignment through the final resolution. The Welfare Fraud Unit also assists the Department of Social Services in collecting restitution by obtaining monetary judgments.

Welfare Fraud Links

Report Welfare Fraud

If you suspect someone might be committing welfare fraud, please report it to the District Attorney's Office at (559) 600-5045.

Welfare Fraud Hotline
(800) 344-8477