Early Fraud

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Early Fraud investigations are handled by our early fraud investigators who visit Welfare recipients to investigate welfare fraud allegations. The recipients are informed of their reporting responsibilities and penalties for failing to live up to their obligations. The recipients are next asked a series of questions to verify the information that they have provided to the Welfare Department is still accurate.

The investigator may also interview the recipients friends, family, neighbors, employer, school, probation officer, parole officer or landlord to obtain further information. Once the investigation is complete, a report is prepared and sent to the Welfare Department, where an Eligibility Worker then determines the recipient's eligibility for continued aid based on the information obtained in the investigation.

For the 2013 - 2014 fiscal year, the early fraud investigators completed 1004 fraud referrals with an estimated savings of $2,908,406. (Estimated savings are based on what the typical recipient would have received if the investigation had not found their failure to meet their reporting obligations.)

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