How to Report Fraud

Tips for reporting Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud

Public assistance programs, like Medicaid, Temporary Assistance, Food Stamps, Day Care and HEAP are a vital resource for many of our residents, but waste, fraud, and abuse in these programs cost YOU millions of dollars every year and short change those who need and deserve our help. Won't you please help us fight those who defraud and abuse these programs? If you know of any provider, business, or person engaged in questionable practices involving public assistance programs, let us know. Speak up! Working together we can make a difference

Public Assistance Fraud and Abuse in Warren County

Public Assistance programs like Medicaid are a vital source of help for many Warren County residents who need and deserve assistance. Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of these programs and the people they serve by intentionally obtaining money and services they are not entitled to. In fact, the New York Times estimated that somewhere between 10% and 40% of the money spent on the Medicaid program alone is lost to waste, fraud and abuse. That's millions of Warren County taxpayer dollars down the drain!

What is Public Assistance Fraud and Abuse?

Fraud and abuse are any intentional actions which result in a recipient or provider receiving benefits or payments to which they are not entitled.

Programs Impacted by Fraud and Abuse

Medicaid and Public Assistance fraud is a serious crime that can result in imprisonment, probation, civil penalties, and restitution and render someone ineligible for benefits for a certain length of time.

What Is Warren County Doing To Help Combat Fraud And Abuse?

Warren County is committed to protecting the quality and integrity of the County’s Medicaid and Public Assistance programs. As such, the Department of Social Services is actively pursing fraud and abuse throughout the various programs. We've even created a special team of people who specialize in combating fraud and abuse.

Warren County’s Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud and Abuse Program involves a cooperative effort between the Warren County Department of Social Services, the Warren County Sheriff's Office, and the Warren County District Attorney’s Office all working together to detect, prevent and deter fraud and abuse and to ultimately prosecute those individuals and providers who defraud or abuse the assistance system.

Types of Recipient Fraud:

Types of Provider Fraud:

Providers: Includes physicians, dentists, pharmacists, home care providers, mental health providers, durable medical equipment suppliers, ambulance companies, medical transportation companies, hospitals nursing homes, and day care providers.


The team welcomes tips from private citizens as well as employees or colleagues who work with providers who cheat Medicaid or other public assistance programs.

How to Contact Us to Report Fraud and Abuse

Fraud and abuse of public programs affect all of us.

Everyone can take responsibility for reporting suspected fraud and abuse.

If you have reason to believe that someone is abusing Medicaid or another public assistance program, you should report it.

Again, if you prefer, you can submit your complaint anonymously and the source of all fraud and abuse complaints are kept strictly confidential.

There are several ways you can report fraud and abuse of our taxpayer dollars:

Download, print, and submit a complaint form via mail to:

Warren County Social Services
Investigations Unit
1340 State Rt. 9
Lake George, NY 12845

To make a complaint or report via phone:

Contact the Department of Social Services at (518) 761-6519
The Warren County Sheriff's Office (518) 743-2576
The Warren County District Attorney's Office (518) 761-6405