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Public Benefits Integrity

The Office of Public Benefits Integrity helps ensure the integrity of the Public Assistance programs by combating waste, fraud, abuse, and reduce misspent dollars thereby safeguarding those programs assisting needy individuals and families reach economic self-sufficiency.

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2016-17, Quarter 3 Program Data

Public Benefits Integrity 2016-17, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure January February March Quarter 3
Total
FY
2016-17 Total
Investigations Completed 1,725 1,720 1,422 4,867 16,274
Criminal Investigations Referred* 382 432 386 1,200 3,586
ACCESS Integrity Cost Avoidance** $3,674,667 $3,381,922 $2,338,297 $9,394,886 $29,300,068
Benefit Recovery Claims Established $3,936,219 $3,711,063 $4,526,636 $12,173,918 $31,813,209
Benefit Recovery Collections $1,273,639 $2,096,987 $11,641,042 $15,011,668 $22,637,006
Fraud Reward Program Referrals Received 1,420 1,220 1,377 4,017 12,169

*Referred to Department of Financial Services, Division Public Assistance Fraud

**Cost Avoidance means Federal and/or State funds (taxpayer money) prevented from being issued improperly or fraudulently.