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Welfare Fraud Unit FAQs

What is fraud?

What does criminally prosecute mean?

Are there other consequences of a conviction?

What do I do I think someone is committing welfare fraud?


What is fraud? [TOP]

Fraud is lying to get a benefit that a person could not receive without the lie.

What does criminally prosecute mean? [TOP]

You could be arrested, charged with a felony in criminal court and face trial. If convicted you could be sentenced to prison, or county jail. You will be ordered to repay all the money that you were not entitled to receive.

Are there other consequences of a conviction? [TOP]

Yes. You could lose the ability to continue to receive public assistance or be ineligible in the future. You could be denied eligibility for government assisted housing. A felony on your record could disqualify you from certain types of employment and licensing.

What do I do I think someone is committing welfare fraud? [TOP]

You can report the suspected fraud to the Welfare Fraud Hotline (877) 605-2321, or https://hss.sbcounty.gov/HSS/FIU/default.asp

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