Welfare Fraud

Tips Page For Reporting Welfare Fraud

For Residents of Nassau County, NY

Consejos Para Reportar el Fraude de la Asistencia Pública y el Medicaid

Para los Residentes del Condado de Nassau, NY

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The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is aware of increasing incidents of Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit theft via EBT card skimming.

View a video here on how to safeguard your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) benefits.

Act Fast: Protect Your EBT Benefits Against Skimming Thieves:

Learn about scams targeted at Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cardholders and how you can protect your benefits at this website: OTDA EBT Scam Alert

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Welfare Fraud Public Assistance Fraud and Abuse in Nassau County

What Is Welfare Fraud and Abuse?

What Is Nassau County Doing to Help Combat Fraud and Abuse?

Types Of Recipient Fraud Types Of Provider Fraud

How To Contact Us To Report Fraud And Abuse

Please note: on this page, Fraud and Abuse refers to misuse of public funds.

Welfare Fraud and Abuse in Nassau County

Public benefit programs like Medicaid are a vital source of help for many Nassau County residents who need and deserve assistance. Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of these programs and the people they serve by intentionally obtaining money and services they are not entitled to. In fact, the New York Times estimated that somewhere between 10% and 40% of the money spent on the Medicaid program alone is lost to waste, fraud and abuse. That’s millions of Nassau County taxpayer dollars down the drain!

If you know of any business or person engaged in questionable practices involving assistance programs, speak up and make a difference. Make a call to the Fraud and Abuse Hotline today!

1-877-711-TIPS (8477)

Or complete the confidential Complaint Form at the bottom of this page.

The source of all tips will be held confidential and it’s even okay if you want to remain anonymous.

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What Is Welfare Fraud and Abuse?

Fraud and abuse are any intentional actions which result in a recipient or provider receiving benefits or payments to which they are not entitled.

Fraud and abuse significantly and negatively impact the various assistance programs by wasting dollars that could be used to provide services for those people with a legitimate need for assistance.

Programs Impacted By Welfare Fraud and Abuse:


Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Safety Net

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly "Food Stamps")

Day CareChild Health Plus

Family Health Plus

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Home Care

Nursing Home Care

Welfare fraud and is a serious crime that can result in imprisonment, probation, civil penalties, and restitution and render someone ineligible for benefits for a certain length of time.

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What Is Nassau County Doing To Help Combat Fraud And Abuse?

Nassau County is committed to protecting the quality and integrity of the County’s Public Assistance programs. As such, the Department of Social Services is actively pursuing fraud and abuse throughout the various benefit programs. We’ve even created a special team of people who specialize in combating fraud and abuse.

Nassau County’s Welfare Fraud and Abuse Program involves a cooperative effort between the Nassau County Department of Social Services, the Nassau County Police Department, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the Nassau County Attorney’s Office and the Nassau County Commissioner of Investigations, all working together to detect, prevent and deter fraud and abuse and to ultimately prosecute those individuals and providers who defraud or abuse the assistance system.

Our team focuses on two types of fraud, namely Recipient and Provider fraud.

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Types of Recipient Fraud:


  • Providing false or incomplete information to the Department of Social Services at any time;
  • Reporting a false address or failing to report a move;
  • Falsely reporting that a parent is absent from the household;
  • Falsely reporting that a child is in the household;
  • Listing a non-relative as a family member in order to obtain benefits;
  • Intentionally failing to report a change in the household composition;
  • Intentionally failing to report earnings from employment, self-employment, off-the-books employment, or monies received from unemployment, disability or social security;
  • Failing to report business ownership;
  • Intentionally failing to disclose assets, including bank accounts and real estate;
  • Submitting false or fraudulent documents to the Department of Social Services in order to get benefits;
  • Using someone else’s benefits card to obtain treatment, services or benefits;
  • Claiming coverage for treatments, services or supplies not received;
  • Exchanging public benefits, like Food Stamps, for cash;
  • Forging or altering a prescription;
  • Doctor Shopping to obtain unnecessary prescription medications or durable medical equipment and then selling these items for a profit.

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Types of Provider Fraud:

Providers: Includes physicians, dentists, pharmacists, home care providers, mental health providers, durable medical equipment suppliers, ambulance companies, medical transportation companies, hospitals nursing homes, and day care providers.


  • Billing for nonexistent or unnecessary medical services, such as x-rays, laboratory tests or drugs that were never dispensed;
  • Billing for more expensive products or labor intensive services than were provided;
  • Paying kickbacks or providing gifts and other incentives to third parties in exchange for business or referrals to a particular doctor or hospital;
  • Inflating of claimed mileage by transportation companies in order to receive greater reimbursement;
  • Billing Medicaid for transportation to non-Medicaid services;
  • Billing an insurance carrier or patient for the cost of a name brand prescription when a lower costing generic substitute or an over-the-counter drug was instead supplied;
  • Deliberately applying for duplicate reimbursement – double billing;
  • Billing for more days in a hospital or nursing home than the patient actually stayed;
  • Billing services for patients who have died;
  • Billing related services separately to charge a higher amount than if services were combined and billed as one service;
  • Billing for used items as new items by durable medical equipment companies;
  • Continuing to send recipients medical supplies when it is no longer medically necessary.

The team welcomes tips from private citizens as well as employees or colleagues who work with providers who cheat Medicaid or other public assistance programs.

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How to Contact Us to Report Fraud and Abuse

Fraud and abuse of public programs affect all of us.

Everyone can take responsibility for reporting suspected fraud and abuse.

If you have reason to believe that someone is abusing Medicaid or another public assistance program, you should report it.

Again, if you prefer, you can submit your complaint anonymously and the source of all fraud and abuse complaints are kept strictly confidential.

There are three ways you can report Medicaid and Public Assistance fraud and abuse of our taxpayer dollars:

  1. Submit a Complaint Online
  2. Download, Print and Complete a Complaint Form (PDF) - mail it to:
    Nassau County Department of Social Services
    Attn: Special Investigations Unit
    60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
    Uniondale, NY 11553
  3. Call Our Toll-Free Hotline at (877) 711-TIPS (8477)

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