Public assistance fraud occurs when a person knowingly makes false statements, withholds information, or fails to report information necessary to determine eligibility or benefits. Attempted fraud is also a crime. Public assistance fraud involving $500 or more is grand larceny, a felony crime.
The Fraud Department is the investigation and enforcement arm of the Spotsylvania County Department of Social Services. The unit is empowered to prevent, detect, investigate, and eliminate fraud and abuse directed at the programs of the department on behalf of the residents of Spotsylvania County. The unit is responsible for the investigation of persons suspected of defrauding the agency programs and for the enforcement of the rules and laws pertaining to public assistance.
The goal of the Spotsylvania County Department of Social Services Fraud Department is to ensure the highest public confidence, integrity, and efficiency in the programs and operations administered by the Spotsylvania County Department of Social Services. This is accomplished through education, investigation, and enforcement.
The Virginia General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to require local agencies to establish fraud investigation units. The Fraud Unit is a recognized criminal justice agency, pursuant to §63.2-526 of the Code of Virginia and authority for the Virginia anti-fraud initiative is based on this legislation.