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Beltrami County Economic Assistance

Fraud Investigation

Assistance Fraud

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

When suspected fraudulent activity is reported, an investigation may occur to determine if there has been a program violation. Reports of suspected fraud come from various sources: staff, concerned citizens, other counties, the State Department of Human Services, the tip line, letters and email.


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.

How to Report Suspected Fraud

Suspected fraud may be reported anonymously by calling the numbers listed below or by email. Please be prepared to give as much information as possible regarding the person you believe to be committing fraud and what type of fraud is being committed. You may remain anonymous. 

  • State Department of Human Services: 651-431-3968
  • Toll Free Line: 800-627-9977
  • Beltrami Fraud Team: 218-333-4278

Contact Us

Economic Assistance
616 America Ave NW (2nd floor)
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: 218-333-8300

Toll Free: 1-844-682-1452

FAX: 218-333-4150


Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Fri

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