How to Report Welfare Fraud in Pennsylvania

By Misty Rodriguez
Welfare fraud costs taxpayers money.

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The state of Pennsylvania offers welfare programs to the needy, such as food stamps, cash assistance, child care, medical and home energy assistance. From 2009 to 2010, the Pennsylvania government spent $10,620,539 on these programs. Because such a large amount of the state's budget is used to fund public welfare programs, the state wants to make sure that this money only goes to those who really need it. Unfortunately, there are people who abuse the system, costing taxpayers more money. If you suspect an individual or business is committing welfare fraud, there are several ways that you can file a complaint.

Reporting a Recipient Online

Log onto the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General's website and navigate to the Welfare Fraud Recipient Complaint Form.

Enter the required information regarding the individual that you believe is receiving welfare fraudulently, including the first and last name as well as the city of residence. Enter the details of your complaint in the "Explain the Complaint" field.

Type in any optional information that you know about the person you're reporting, such as street address, zip code, date of birth or approximate age, Social Security number, driver's license number and the names of any children.

Add your information. This step is optional, but entering your contact information can help speed up the process by allowing investigators to contact you with any questions regarding your complaint. If you choose to, enter your name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, cell phone number and email address. Click on the "Save" button to submit your complaint.

Reporting a Business Online

Log onto the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General's website and navigate to the Welfare Fraud Business Complaint Form.

Enter the required information regarding the business, such as its name, address, city and your complaint against them. The owner's name, zip code, telephone number and hours of operation are optional.

Add your information. This step is optional; but if you choose to, you can enter your name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, cell phone number and email address. Click on "Save" to submit your complaint.

Submitting a Hard Copy Complaint

Write a written complaint about the recipient or business that you suspect of welfare fraud. Include as much information about the individual or business as you can, including the name, address and telephone number. Describe in detail why you suspect welfare fraud is being committed. Adding your contact information isn't necessary, but it may help speed up the investigation.

Mail your written complaint to:

Office of Inspector General Executive House, 3rd Floor 101 S. Second St. Harrisburg, PA 17101-2524

Call the Pennsylvania Welfare Fraud Tipline at (800) 932-0582 to report fraud.

About the Author

Misty Rodriguez, born and raised in Orlando, Florida, has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has a wide variety of experience and mainly focuses on search engine optimization, mystery shopping narratives and how-to articles. Misty has an Associate of Arts degree in general education from Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL, and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in nursing.

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