The Special Investigations Unit investigates suspected fraud and abuse of Public Assistance, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps), Home Energy Assistance (HEAP), and Daycare benefits received by recipients and vendors.
The unit is responsible for information intake, interviewing, conducting fieldwork, maintaining collateral contacts, reporting results, and prosecution referrals. The unit receives information through multiple matching reporting systems including Criminal Justice, Prison, Fugitive Felon, Warrant, Lottery, EBT, PARIS/MARIS, as well as other state/local government referrals. The unit receives referrals from many sources including anonymous tips from the public. Referrals are made to the Fraud Task Force for cases meeting the criteria of alleged fraud. The Task Force incorporates resources from the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and the Special Investigations Unit at Family Services.