Investigations & Recovery - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Welfare fraud in the State of Nevada?

"Fraud" means an intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person knowing that by doing so it could result in some type of unauthorized benefit to them or to another person. It includes any act that constitutes fraud under applicable federal or state law.

For example, an individual applied for Food Stamps on March 1 claiming no income and no employment. Two months later a Nevada Employment Security cross match showed that the individual had become employed on February 15. An investigation confirmed that the individual was employed when he applied for benefits and he was charged with an intentional program violation for misrepresentation. An overpayment of benefits was calculated and he was required to repay the State of Nevada.

Recipient fraud is a violation of both federal and state law and if convicted, individuals may receive penalties which include any or all of the following:

  • Administrative program disqualification
  • Full program restitution
  • Criminal conviction
  • Criminal fines and/or penalties
  • Confinement in county, state or federal prison

Examples of recipient fraud include, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting false or misleading information when submitting an application, or other required communication.
  • Failing to report monies received from employment or other sources.
  • Failing to report the presence of additional household members that reside in their household.
  • Collecting benefits for household members that do not reside in their household.
  • Failing to disclose all assets and/or resources.
  • Failing to use Child Care for its intended purpose.