Reporting Various Potential Fraud, Waste or Abuse

Reporting Fraud

(Please Note: Scroll down to the bottom of this page for information on how to report different types of fraud allegations including but not limited to food stamp fraud, welfare fraud and Medicaid fraud.)

Taxpayers rightfully expect that their money is used wisely and appropriately.  Throughout State government, department heads, supervisors and employees work hard to prevent fraud, waste and abuse of power. 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 contact information for several frequently reported types of governmental fraud.

If you suspect financial fraud, waste 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 follow-up 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 to our office may be made by filling in only the boxes with red asterisks in the below webform.
  • For information on reporting specific types of fraud (food stamps, Section 8, etc.) directly to the responsible entity, please scroll down past the webform below.

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
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Other State and Federal Information for Reporting Fraud or Abuse

 

Medicaid Provider Fraud

Report Medicaid Provider Fraud here

You can also call 802-241-9210 or email reportmedicaidfraud@vermont.gov

 

Medicaid Beneficiary Fraud

Report Medicaid Beneficiary Fraud here

You can also call 802-241-9210 or email reportmedicaidfraud@vermont.gov

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

  • providing false information used to determine eligibility, 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

 

Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Report Unemployment Fraud here

or 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.

 

Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Report Workers' Compensation Fraud here

or Call Paul Donovan at 802-828-2994

  • 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.

 

State of Vermont Vendor Fraud

Call 1-877-290-1400

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

Report Social Security Fraud here

or 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.

 

 

3SquaresVT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Fraud

Report 3SquaresVT Fraud here

or Call 1-800-479-6151 to report 3SquaresVT Fraud allegations

  • 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

Report Reach-Up Fraud here

or 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 https://www.hudoig.gov/hotline/hotline-form to report fraud to the Office of the Inspector General - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Contact Information

132 State Street
Montpelier VT 05633-5101
Phone: 1-802-828-2281
Toll-Free in VT: 1-877-290-1400
Fax: 1-802-828-5599

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