Combating Public Benefits Fraud

Public benefits programs play a critical role in providing safety and security for many Massachusetts families. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) works to address fraud that weakens these programs.

Public benefits programs, such as SNAP and MassHealth, provide a critical social safety net to many Massachusetts residents. While fraud in these programs represent only a fraction of total spending, it has a disproportionate impact in reducing public trust in these services. The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA), through its Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), uses tips, partnerships, and proactive data analytics tools to identify those committing fraud. It investigates allegations of fraud in MassHealth, programs administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance, and the Department of Early Education and Care. When it finds evidence of fraud, BSI refers cases to state organizations and law enforcement agencies to recover funds, and when appropriate pursue criminal charges.

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