Report Welfare Fraud
Acts of welfare fraud include:
- deliberately providing a false statement
- submitting a document that contains false information
- the intentional concealment of information such as wages, resources, household composition, etc., that may result in an overpayment of social service program benefits.
Upon conviction, the penalties for welfare fraud may include community service, restitution, probation, and disqualification from public assistance programs. In some instances, a welfare fraud conviction may even result in imprisonment.
The Chemung County Human Services Department has a special unit, the Special Investigations Unit or SIU, that is responsible for receiving referrals or complaints of welfare fraud in Chemung County. The SIU investigates all allegations of welfare fraud and refers all founded cases to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution or to the County Attorney’s Office for civil prosecution.
If you suspect someone is committing welfare fraud, the Elmira Police Department encourages you to report it.