Welfare fraud is a serious crime that threatens millions of
public dollars. It is committed by individuals fraudulently
receiving benefits and by public employees stealing from within the
system. In both cases, these criminals who cheat the welfare system
cheat more than a government agency. They cheat society of much
needed resources and taxpayers of their hard-earned money.
The District Attorney’s Office is committed to combating welfare
fraud and protecting the County’s welfare fund. Criminals who live a
life of luxury while receiving public assistance benefits and who
violate the public trust in their jobs will have their assets seized
and will be prosecuted.
Recipient Welfare Fraud
The District Attorney’s Public Assistance Fraud Division prosecutes
individuals who commit fraud to receive CalWORKs (AFDC) money or
food stamps. The Division, comprised of specially trained
prosecutors, seeks prison sentences for those who cheat the system.
The Public Assistance Fraud Division does not investigate or receive tips
regarding recipient welfare fraud. To report possible welfare fraud
activity, please call Los Angeles County’s Central Fraud Reporting
Center at (800) 349-9970. You can also contact these
Internal Welfare Fraud
The District Attorney’s Public Integrity
Division works with the County’s Department of Public and Social
Services to investigate and prosecute County employees who attempt
to steal from the welfare system from within.