What is Welfare Fraud in Washington State?
Welfare Fraud is fraud against the programs of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), including unlawful practices in obtaining cash assistance, medical assistance, and/or food assistance. It is the intentional misstatement or failure to reveal information affecting eligibility resulting in an overpayment. For further information about fraud against DSHS, please review the Eligibility A-Z Manual Fraud Section, or see the entire EAZ Manual. The Division of Fraud Investigations (DFI) has the authority to investigate the following allegations: Unreported Employment: The client is suspected of not reporting employment. Unearned Income: The client is suspected of not reporting the receipt of recurring income not derived from employment. Unreported Assets: The client is suspected of having one or more of the following assets: Real estate, vehicles, boats, motor homes, non-recurring monetary holdings, etc. Unreported Child Support: The client is suspected of rec