Public assistance fraud is not a victimless crime. Real people, real families are hurt when public benefits get into the hands of criminals. An elder adult whose Social Security does not make ends meet, or a couple who have suffered unemployment in a down economy. Unfortunately, there are criminals who attempt to fraudulently obtain benefits for themselves or others. The Office of Public Benefits Integrity is dedicated to preventing, detecting, and recovering waste, fraud and abuse within the public benefits programs. When someone exchanges their Food Assistance benefits for cash, either at a location that accepts EBT or with another individual (including solicitation attempts on social networking sites such as Craigslist, Facebook, or eBay), this is called Trafficking in Benefits. Trafficking is a felony in Florida!
In 2013 we:
- Conducted 33,870 ACCESS Fraud investigations
- Saved $41.5 million in dollars from fraudulently going “out the door”
- Recovered $19 million in benefit overpayments
At DCF we are using creative, groundbreaking methods of catching the criminals. We are leading the nation in the fight against public assistance fraud, but still need your help.
Here's how you can help:
Are you aware of someone who is receiving Public Assistance from the State of Florida and shouldn't be?
Call (866) 762-2237
Report Potential Public Assistance Fraud Online Now
When someone exchanges their Food Assistance benefits for cash, either at a location that accepts EBT or with another individual, including social networking sites such as Craigslist or eBay, this is called trafficking in benefits. Food Assistance Trafficking in Florida is a felony.
If you are aware of retail stores that exchange Food Stamp benefits for cash or buy EBT cards you can provide a Tip to the Department of Financial Services
Are you aware of wrong-doing concerning an Agency employee, suspect fraud or abuse in the Florida Medicaid system?