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The purpose of the Fraud Reduction Elimination Effort (FREE) Program: 

  • Prevent, identify and reduce public assistance fraud, waste and abuse by ensuring benefits and services are received by eligible individuals, in the correct amount

  • Investigate and resolve allegations of public assistance fraud.

Local Agency Responsibility:

Each local department of social services (agency) is required to investigate allegations of all public

assistance fraud with the exception of non-money payment Medicaid cases.

Reports of fraud are recorded and investigated so as to ensure accuracy and validity as well as documented evidence if the consumer needs to be prosecuted.

For more information about what constitutes fraud or to report potential fraud please contact:




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