Human Services

Fraud Unit of the Department of Human Services of Arlington County


The goal of the Arlington County Department of Human Services Fraud Unit is to ensure the highest public confidence, integrity and efficiency in the programs and operations of the Bureau of Assistance Programs. This is accomplished through education, investigation and enforcement.

 About the Fraud Unit
The Fraud Unit is the investigation and enforcement arm of the Department of Human Services. The unit is empowered to prevent, detect, investigate and eliminate fraud and abuse directed at the programs of the department on behalf of the citizens of Arlington County. The unit is responsible for the investigation of persons suspected of defrauding agency programs and for enforcement of the rules and laws pertaining to public assistance.

 Enabling legislation
In 1998, the Virginia General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to require local agencies to establish fraud investigation units. The Fraud Unit is a recognized criminal justice agency, pursuant to §63.2-526 of the Code of Virginia and authority for the Virginia anti-fraud initiative is based on this legislation.

 What is fraud?
Public assistance fraud occurs when a person knowingly makes false statements, withholds information or fails to report information necessary to determine eligibility or benefits. Attempted fraud is also a crime. Public assistance fraud involving $200 or more is grand larceny, a felony crime.

 How to report fraud
Citizens may call 703/228-1328 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to report welfare fraud or abuse. Written reports may be sent to the Department of Human Services at 2100 Washington Blvd., 1st Floor, Arlington, VA 22204. These reports may be made anonymously.

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Last Modified: March 28, 2011
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611