Fraud Investigation

Assistance Fraud
The Scott County Fraud Unit actively pursues and investigates cases suspected of having fraudulent activity. Receipt of benefits such as SNAP (food), Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance and Child Care may be based upon who is living in the home and the income and/or assets of all or some of the household residents.

When suspected fraudulent activity is reported, an investigation may occur to determine if there has been a program violation. Reports of suspected fraud come from various sources: staff, concerned citizens, other counties, the State Department of Human Services, the tip line, letters and email.

Consequences
If a person intentionally gives false information or conceals facts about their situation in order to receive or increase their benefits, they may be subject to prosecution or administrative action. This could result in felony level charges, sentencing, and disqualification from receiving more program benefits.

Reporting Suspected Fraud
Suspected fraud may be reported anonymously by calling the numbers listed below:
  • State Department of Human Services: 651-431-3968
  • Toll Free Line: 800-627-9977
  • Email