Maine DHHS Press / News Release

February 4, 2019

2018 Welfare Fraud Annual Update

AUGUSTA - Pursuant to MRSA Title 22-A, Chapter 1, §206, The Department is releasing fraud statistics from the 2018 calendar year. In 2018, the Fraud Investigations and Recovery Unit (FIRU) of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received a total of 1,160 calls and allegations of potential fraud cases. Of those, 811 were found to be legitimate and have been processed for further review and possible investigation. Calls not referred for investigation involved reports of persons who were not actually receiving benefits, lacked information to identify a specific client, or contained incorrect information.

FIRU Investigators presented 25 cases to the Attorney General's Office for potential prosecution. An additional 46 cases were filed with local District Attorney's Offices. FIRU also aided Federal Agencies in the investigation of two separate cases for alleged theft. For numbers related to the prosecution of the cases, please contact the Attorney General's Office or the local District Attorney Offices.

FIRU investigates cases of fraud involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and MaineCare, as well as fraud relating to General Assistance or Housing Assistance from local municipalities. The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to improving the program's integrity and operational effectiveness. If you want to report potential fraud, you can do so online or by calling the state's Fraud Hotline at 1-866-348-1129.

Online Fraud Reporting Form: www.maine.gov/dhhs/fraud