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Prosecution of Welfare Fraud, 1992 Update

NCJ Number
D Bruce
Date Published
61 pages
This manual provides broad guidelines regarding the legal definition of welfare fraud and effective techniques for its prosecution in Minnesota.
Six facts must be proven in a case of welfare fraud: an effort to obtain assistance, knowledge of ineligibility for assistance or for the amount of assistance, concealment or misrepresentation of material facts, knowledge that the statement was false, commission of the offense in the county in which the prosecution is taking place, and a value of $500 or more for excess assistance. Common types of welfare fraud are the presence of a supposedly absent parent in the home, unreported income, the absence of a child, excess property, use of multiple identities to obtain multiple checks, false statements regarding lost checks, fraud relating to food stamps or medical assistance, fraud by welfare department employees, and service as an accomplice to fraud. Guidelines for case investigation and processing, list of significant Minnesota fraud cases, and appended forms


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