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Syracuse NY, 13202


The Fraud Investigation Unit at Social Services-Economic Security investigates all reported allegations of fraud in the Temporary Assistance (Welfare), SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, HEAP and Day Care programs. The Unit also investigates Day Care Providers being paid by Social Services. Additionally the unit investigates cases involving food stamp trafficking where individuals redeem food stamps for cash, sell their benefits to other individuals for cash, or who buy food with their benefits and resell that food to other retailers. Remember, when anyone signs an application or recertification they agree to any investigation to verify or confirm the information they provided.

The Fraud Investigation Unit does not investigate Social Security, Disability, Workmans Comp, Unemployment or Section 8 as they are administered by other agencies.



You can report cases of suspected fraud by filling out our online form by clicking here. You can also contact the Investigations Unit directly by phone by calling (315) 435-2585. All calls are kept strictly confidential and your identity will not be disclosed. When reporting fraud please provide as many details as possible. It is preferred that you leave your contact information, so if we need additional information for our investigation we can contact you.

We take suspected cases of fraud very seriously, and every reported allegation is reviewed. If warranted, an investigation is opened immediately. Please be aware that due to confidentiality the Department is prohibited from releasing any of our findings from investigations.

Report Public Benefits Fraud
Onondaga County has established a Medicaid Fraud Hotline.
Please call (315) 435-3330 if you believe that an Onondaga County official or employee is defrauding the government. You may choose to remain anonymous, or you may leave contact information.


  • New York State Medicaid/Medical Assistance Fraud - call 1-877-873-7283
  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Fraud - call - 1-800-269-0271
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Fraud - call - 1-800-269-0271
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Vendor Fraud - call 1-800-424-9121

           or email usda.hotline@oig.usda.gov

Thank you for taking the time to help us identify and crack down on fraud! Your efforts are appreciated and important in preventing waste and abuse.


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