Financial & Medical Assistance

Fraud in Public Assistance

The Beltrami County Fraud Unit actively pursues and investigates cases suspected of having fraudulent activity. Receipt of benefits such as Food Support, Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance and Childcare may be based upon who is living in the home and the income and/or assets of all or some of the household residents.

If a person intentionally gives false information or conceals facts about their situation in order to receive or increase their benefits, they may be subject to prosecution or administrative action. This could result in felony level charges, sentencing, and disqualification from receiving more program benefits.

Suspected fraud may be reported anonymously by calling 218-333-4278 in Beltrami County or the Department of Human Services state-wide hotline at 1-800-627-9977.

Use the Eligibility Screening Tool provided by Bridge to Benefits to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. It will ask you a few simple questions but will NOT ask you for information that identifies you. It's easy, confidential and free!