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Dennis J. Nowak
Acting Commissioner
3085 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: (631) 854-9930

Emergency Services (After 4:30 PM & Weekends, Holidays): (631) 854-9100 

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How do I Report Welfare Fraud?

You can report Welfare Fraud utilizing one of the following methods:


Call the Suffolk County Welfare Fraud Hotline: (631) 854-9807 or (631) 854-9815


               Mail To: Suffolk County Department of Social Services
               Attention: Special Investigations Unit
               PO Box 18100
               Hauppauge, NY 11788


               Or Fax To: (631) 854-9803


Help Stop Fraud in Government Programs


If you believe an individual has received welfare assistance improperly, please take the time to share this information with us.  All information provided is confidential.  The term “welfare” includes cash assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, HEAP and child care assistance.


Examples of Welfare Fraud:


•Not reporting correct wages, bank accounts, real estate or other income
•Submitting false documents
•Not reporting individuals coming into a household or leaving a household
•Residence status
•Submitting false documents and/or claims for services

•Using someone else’s benefit card to obtain services, benefits or treatment


You should also report Provider Fraud which includes welfare abuse by Physicians, Home Care Agencies, Ambulance Companies, Nursing Homes, Child Care Providers and Pharmacists.


Examples of Provider Fraud:


•Billing for unnecessary medical services or services that were not provided
•Billing twice for the same service
•Billing services for patients who have died
•Continuing to send recipients medical supplies when no longer medically necessary
•Paying kickbacks or providing gifts and other incentives in exchange for business or referrals to a particular doctor or hospital 


Due to confidentiality, we will not be able to respond directly regarding your report of suspected fraud.  All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated.