Reporting Various Potential Fraud, Waste or Abuse

Reporting Fraud 

People have two major expectations of the government when it comes to their taxpayer dollars: that their money is kept safe and used wisely and appropriately.

We at the Office of the State Auditor feel the same way and we do everything we can through our regular audits to educate State officials about ways to meet these expectations and ensure that proper controls over cash are in place. Auditors call this activity setting the "tone at the top."

Throughout State government, department heads, supervisors and many employees work constantly to prevent fraud and the abuse of tax dollars. However, despite these efforts, fraud does occur.

It is important for all of us to be aware of the various kinds of fraud that can be committed, and how to prevent them - especially within government. We need to educate managers and employees about fraud detection, and offer support when they suspect and report irregular activities.

To help in these efforts, we are pleased to provide direct telephone numbers for several frequently reported possible fraud situations.

If you suspect financial fraud, abuse or corruption in state government, please contact our Office at 1-877-290-1400 or by using the form below. We welcome anonymous reports, but those made by individuals who identify themselves make it possible to have a discussion if the facts warrant. If you do identify yourself but are concerned about possible retaliation, we now have the legal authority to protect your identity [1 V.S.A. § 317 (42)]

Sincerely,

Douglas R. Hoffer
Vermont State Auditor

How to Report Various Potential Fraud, Waste or Abuse

  • Anonymous reports may be made by filling in only the boxes with red asterisks.

If you would like to receive a response to your report, you must include a valid email address.

  • If you do not receive an "acknowledgement of receipt" email, please call our office at 802.828.2281

Other State and Federal Information for Reporting Fraud or Abuse

Medicaid Provider Fraud

802-879-5900  Program Integrity Unit

 

Medicaid Beneficiary Fraud

Fraud and Quality Control Office of the Dept. of Children and Families

Examples of beneficiary or provider fraud involves intentionally trying to defraud the program by various means including:

  • providing false information, such as actual residence or income
  • selling supplies, equipment or medications
  • using stolen Medicaid numbers
  • tampering with prescriptions
  • submitting claims for services or items not furnished

Report Medicaid Fraud

 

Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Call 802-828-4333

  • This fraud can occur when someone receives unemployment benefits they are not entitled to, or when companies misrepresent employees as independent contractors, or intentionally misreport wage income.

Report Unemployment Fraud Online

 

Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Call 802-828-2286

  • This fraud can occur when someone receives workers' compensation benefits that they may not be entitled to, or when a company intentionally misrepresents the activities of employees to secure a lower workers compensation insurance premium.

Report Workers' Compensation Fraud Online

 

State of Vermont Vendor Fraud

Call 877-290-1400

Vendor fraud can occur when invoices to State agencies and departments contain significant intentional errors or when a claim for payment for services or products provided is false.

 

Social Security Fraud

Call 800-269-0271 or visit the Official Social Security Website.

  • This can occur when individuals conceal work activity while receiving disability benefits, or when a person receives benefits for a child not under their care, or makes false statements on claims.

Report Social Security Fraud Online

 

3SquaresVT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Fraud

Contact the Economic Services Division district office nearest you

  • 3SquaresVT (formerly know as food stamps) fraud is the intentional misrepresentation, concealment or withholding of information in order to receive benefits from the program.
  • It is fraud to sign any papers (such as an application for benefits, a questionnaire, or recertification papers) in which the information in the papers is not true.

 

Reach-Up (Welfare) Fraud

Please call 1-800-479-6151 to report Reach-Up Fraud allegations.

Reach-Up (often referred to as welfare benefits) fraud is the intentional misrepresentation, concealment or withholding of information in order to receive benefits from the program.  It is fraud to sign any papers (such as an application for benefits, a questionnaire, or recertification papers) in which the information in the papers is not true.

 

Section 8 Rental Assistance Fraud

You can visit  www.hudoig.gov/report-fraud for the multiple ways to report possible fraud or you can call 1-800-347-3735.

 

Contact Information

132 State Street
Montpelier VT 05633-5101
Phone: 1-802-828-2281
Toll-Free in VT: 1-877-290-1400
Fax: 1-802-828-2198

Email the Auditor's Office
If you do not receive an "acknowledgement of receipt" email, please call the office at the above number.