How to Report Disability Fraud in the State of Pennsylvania

By Stephanie Reid
Reporting disability fraud begins with filing a police report.

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In Pennsylvania, the Office of Attorney General handles reports of fraudulent disability claims. This type of crime falls within its Insurance Fraud Section and is run by many experienced attorneys who will see to it that disability fraud is adequately prosecuted. If you suspect disability fraud, proceed as with any crime and report your suspicions to law enforcement. A second option involves filing a private citizen complaint with the Attorney General's Office, after which an investigator will contact you for further details.

Gather documents and evidence suggesting disability fraud. Disability fraud is a crime just like any other type of fraud, and law enforcement should be involved. Any forged checks or documents will help investigators build a case against the perpetrators. Be sure to write down any statements made by the alleged fraudulent party.

Report the fraud. In Pennsylvania, you have two options for reporting disability fraud. The first option is to file a police report directly in your local precinct or in the precinct where you suspect fraud is happening. The police will ask you for as much detail as you can provide as well as contact information for reaching you later. A second option is to fill out a Fraud Referral with the Attorney General's Office. The Referral can be completed online and submitted electronically or by mailing directly to the Office. One advantage to completing a Referral is that you may elect to report the fraud anonymously.

Report the fraud to the federal government, if necessary. The Office of Inspector General provides multiple ways for someone to report fraud, waste and abuse within the Social Security Administration's programs and operations. You may fill a form out online, send the form via U.S. mail or fax, or call the office directly.

Cooperate with the investigation if you are involved. If you opt to provide your contact information, the police or investigators may require your involvement and participation in uncovering clues to the fraud. For instance, if you have knowledge that a person is filing false disability claims or forging checks, law enforcement may ask you for dates of the incidents or other pertinent details. The more background you can provide, the quicker the fraud can be eliminated.

Testify at a trial, if necessary. If the individual is eventually charged with disability fraud, you may be required to attend a trial, provided you have adequate and material evidence to offer. If you worked closely with the fraudulent party, chances are that you could offer the court firsthand accounts of the defendant's activities and disability fraud.

About the Author

Stephanie Reid has been writing professionally since 2007, with work published in the Virginia Bar Association's "Family Law Quarterly" and the "Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy." She received her Juris Doctor from Regent University and her Bachelor of Arts in French and child development from Florida State University. Reid is admitted to practice law in Delaware and Maryland.

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