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Division Director

Jack Heacock

Assistant Director

Georgia Pellegrino

Public Assistance Fraud
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
PAF Phone Number
(850) 413-4040
Fraud Hotline
(866) 762-2237

Division of Public Assistance Fraud

The Division of Public Assistance Fraud protects Florida's taxpayers and our most vulnerable citizens against acts of public assistance fraud and the resulting impact those crimes have by enforcing state laws regarding eligibility for and proper use of public assistance benefits.


Statutory Authority

Florida Statute 414.411 provides the Department of Financial Services authority for the Division of Public Assistance Fraud to conduct these investigations.



The Division of Public Assistance Fraud is staffed with sixty-seven non-sworn members assigned to Field Offices located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Division headquarters in Tallahassee. Each Field Office is supervised by an Investigation Manager who is under the supervision of a District Chief. The Division is organized into two Districts: North and South. Each District has three Field Offices and several satellite sub-offices.



On the State level, the Division partners with the Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Health, and the Office of Early Learning to investigate fraud in programs administered by those entities. On the Federal level the Division partners with the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The members of DPAF investigate fraud in the following programs:

• Cash Assistance/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
• Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps
• Medicaid recipient fraud
• Trafficking in SNAP program benefits
• The School Readiness program
• Voluntary Pre-K Program
• Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing
• Low Income Energy Assistance
• Disaster Assistance/Emergency SNAP benefits
• Cooperative Disability Investigations (Social Security Disability, SNAP, and Medicaid Eligibility)