County will receive grant to investigate potential fraud in public assistance

Washington County will receive a $170,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to investigate fraud in public assistance programs over the course of two years, after the county board approved the grant June 13.

The Fraud Prevention Investigation program is a partnership involving county public assistance program staff and sheriff’s office investigators to ensure that appropriate public assistance benefits are issued to people who are eligible to receive them. The program’s focus is to quickly identify and resolve instances where applicants are receiving undeserved benefits, which helps ensure that federal, state  and county funding can be saved as well as made available to eligible families and individuals. State law sets forth the legal requirements and funding for the FPI program in the state, and requires an updated FPI plan for each biennium.

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