Reporting Suspected Public Assistance Fraud
Public assistance fraud is a crime! Fraud occurs when a person knowingly and purposely provides false information about their circumstance to obtain benefits. This is unfair to the taxpayers and the people who are really in need of assistance.
Cuyahoga Job and Family Service Office of Investigations’ goal is to reduce fraud in all public assistance programs. The Investigations Office accepts referrals and conducts investigations on all complaints of suspected fraud with the intention of detections, prevention and prosecution. If you know or suspect someone is misusing Public Assistance benefits, you can report it to us by using one of the following methods:
- Complete and submit the online Public Assistance Fraud Form
- Call the Fraud Hotline at (216) 987-6950
- Walk In/mail referrals to:
1641 Payne Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
All information you provide is confidential, and you can remain anonymous. If you do not choose to remain anonymous, please provide us with your name, address, phone number and/or email address, so one of our investigators may contact you if additional information is needed.
NOTE: FOR REASON OF CONFIDENTIALITY, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TELL YOU THE RESULTS OF OUR INVESTIGATION.