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Welfare Fraud

Help Stop Fraud in Government Programs

If you believe an individual has received welfare assistance improperly, please take the time to share this information with us. All information provided is confidential. The term “welfare” includes cash assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, HEAP and child care assistance.

Examples of Welfare Fraud:

  • Not reporting correct wages, bank accounts, real estate or other income
  • Submitting false documents
  • Not reporting individuals coming into a household or leaving a household
  • Residence status
  • Submitting false documents and/or claims for services
  • Using someone else’s benefit card to obtain services, benefits or treatment

You should also report Provider Fraud which includes welfare abuse by Physicians, Home Care Agencies, Ambulance Companies, Nursing Homes, Child Care Providers and Pharmacists.

Examples of Provider Fraud:

  • Billing for unnecessary medical services or services that were not provided
  • Billing twice for the same service
  • Billing services for patients who have died
  • Continuing to send recipients medical supplies when no longer medically necessary
  • Paying kickbacks or providing gifts and other incentives in exchange for business or referrals to a particular doctor or hospital


Due to confidentiality, we will not be able to respond directly regarding your report of suspected fraud. All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated.

Report Welfare Fraud

You can report Welfare Fraud utilizing one of the following methods:

Call the Suffolk County Welfare Fraud Hotline:
(631) 854-9815

Report Fraud Online

Download the Welfare Fraud Form

Mail To: Suffolk County Department of Social Services
Attention: Special Investigations Unit

PO Box 18100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Or Fax To: (631) 854-9803

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901