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General Definition

A welfare fraud complaint should be submitted only if you believe an individual or a business has been issued benefits in Michigan they were not entitled to.

Fraud is defined as acquisition or attempted acquisition, or aiding and abetting acquisition or attempted, of property, income, rights or legal privilege by means of willful false statement, false representative or impersonation, or by any scheme contrived to misrepresent true circumstances. Welfare fraud involves a willful misstatement or omission of information or act by: vendors or providers of social services; volunteers; other department personnel; or clients, any officer or employee of any county, city or district Michigan Department of Human Services acting alone or in collusion with others, that would cause money, benefits, or services to be paid and/or rendered ineligible.


A welfare fraud complaint should be submitted only if you believe an individual or a business has been issued benefits they were not entitled to. A fraud complaint may also be filed against any Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) employee suspected of fraud relating to the administration of programs managed by the State of Michigan, DHS. There are specific fields on each form that must be completed in order for the complaint to be valid, these fields will contain an asterisk (*). Click on the link to the form you would like to complete.

Please do not use our Welfare Fraud Forms to submit a Child Abuse complaint or a complaint against a Medicaid Provider.

If you want to submit a Child Abuse complaint, please visit the Local DHS Office webpage to find emergency numbers in your county.

If your complaint is against a Medicaid Provider, call the hotline at 1-800-242-2873 or visit the Client Complaint page to submit a complaint in the Department of Attorney General website.

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