Welfare Fraud

What is Welfare Fraud?

Any person who willfully and knowingly, with the intent to deceive, or who makes a false statement or representation or presents a fraudulent device, or knowingly fails to disclose a material fact in order to obtain, sustain, or increase, the amount of aid that he or she receives, or for a child not in fact entitled thereto, can be charged with a crime.


How to Report Welfare Fraud

If you think someone is committing fraud against one of the Employment and Human Services Department's (EHSD's) programs it is important that you let us know about it. All allegations of fraud are taken seriously and you can remain anonymous.

To report CalWORKs, Food Stamps, General Assistance, Child Care Assistance, In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) fraud:

  • Call (530) 527-1911

To report Medi-Cal fraud: