Welfare Fraud Unit

Special Investigations Unit

Cracking Down on Welfare Fraud 

Yolo County Employment and Social Services Website

The Special Investigations Unit, consisting of Investigators and Enforcement Officers with the District Attorney’s Office, is responsible for investigating fraud committed against the Department of Employment and Social Services. These investigations could include: Food Stamp Benefits, Cash Aid, Homeless Assistance, Child Care, Transportation, Emergency Aid, In Home Support Services and Early Fraud.

When criminal conduct is discovered, the SIU immediately begins the restitution process. A request for prosecution is then submitted to the District Attorney’s Office. 

SIU responsibilities include:

  • Ensure program integrity through client responsibility.
  • Identification of internal theft, contractor fraud and employee malfeasance.
  • Investigate referrals of criminal conduct per appropriate state codes.
  • Respond to security alert requests by DESS staff.
  • Assist DESS with the identification of fraudulent documents.
  • Assist law enforcement agencies in locating suspects through welfare records.
  • Conduct early fraud investigations of applicant information.
  • Conduct homeless assistance investigations of housing applications.
  • Investigate electronic benefit transaction (EBT) recipient and retailer fraud.
  • Resolve cases through disqualification agreements.
  • Serve outstanding arrest warrants on welfare fraud cases.
  • Provide courtroom testimony.

Would you like to report Welfare Fraud?

You have three options for reporting:

1. Contact the Yolo County Special Investigations Unit at 530/661-2654
2. Call the Welfare Fraud Hotline at 800/344-8477.
3. Complete the online Welfare Fraud Reporting Form.

What Welfare Fraud information should be in the report?

  • Provide the full name and approximate age of the person suspected of fraud.
  • Include the same information of all persons living in the home. Especially dependants.
  • Provide the complete address and city where the person suspected of fraud lives.
  • Provide the time when the person suspected of fraud is typically at the residence.

Additional Information Needed

  • Is employment income not reported or misrepresented?
  • Is a false name or fraudulent identification being used to receive assistance?
  • Is a public employee assisting the person suspected of fraud?
  • Is a private business assisting the person suspected of fraud?
  • Is a false name or fraudulent identification being used to receive assistance?
  • Is a public employee assisting the person suspected of fraud?
  • Is a private business assisting the person suspected of fraud?