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Report Public Assistance Fraud

Welfare Fraud:

Any intentional action which causes a participant or welfare provider to receive benefits to which they are not entitled.

  ONLINE: 
Fill out and submit the online Welfare Fraud Complaint Form
   
MAIL US:
Fill out the printable Welfare Fraud Complaint Form and send it to:
Welfare Fraud Investigations,
P. O. Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0036
   
  FAX US:
Fill out the printable Welfare Fraud Complaint Form and fax it to:
1-208-334-5694
   
  E-MAIL US:
Write an email containing all the information in the printable Welfare Fraud Complaint Form and email it to:
welfraud@dhw.idaho.gov
   
  CALL US:
Toll free at 1-866-635-7515

Phone calls are answered by Idaho Careline 2-1-1 operators who are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday Mountain Time.  After hours, calls are directed to voice mail.

If you are completing a complaint form or sending an email, provide us with as much detail as possible and a contact name, phone number or e-mail address. This will help us if we have additional questions regarding the information you submit. 

Welfare fraud is any intentional action which causes a participant or welfare provider to receive benefits to which they are not entitled.

Participants may receive benefits for:

  • Cash Assistance;
  • Energy Assistance;
  • Food Stamps;
  • ICCP (Idaho Child Care Program);
  • Medical; or
  • WIC Program (Women, Infants & Children).

Welfare providers may receive reimbursement for:

  • Child Care;
  • Employment Services;
  • Energy Conservation; or
  • Food Stamps.  

Fraud and abuse significantly impacts the welfare programs by using up valuable dollars necessary to help eligible children and adults.

Fraud and abuse is actively pursued by fraud investigators within Health and Welfare. They investigate allegations of fraud being committed in Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP), Food Stamps, cash, medical, WIC and energy assistance. They initiate administrative, civil and criminal action against persons who abuse or commit fraud in the various welfare programs.

Together we can ensure taxpayer money is used for people who really need help. 

  • Providing false or incomplete information to the Department at application or recertification.
  • Failing to report changes.
  • Submitting a false or fraudulent document to the Department in order to get benefits.
  • Transferring, hiding or giving away assets in order to be eligible to receive benefits.
  • Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) providers billing for children not seen.