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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
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Welcome to the Divisions’ site specifically dedicated to reporting suspected theft of public assistance benefits.


The Division of Public Assistance Fraud (PAF) is responsible for investigating suspected fraud within various programs. We work very closely with our partners to eliminate fraud in our state-administered public assistance programs.          


Florida’s public assistance programs are meant to help our most vulnerable families bounce back from difficult times.  Some programs lack enough funding to meet all the needs of our fellow citizens.  Other programs have sufficient funding but all the funds come from the same source: the taxpayer.


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It is everyone’s responsibility to report fraud.  Whether it's a family member, a neighbor, friend or someone you don't know… be part of the solution to stopping fraud!                                                                                                      

Click on the appropriate link to report suspected fraud you see or know of in any of the programs below:

Report Cash, SNAP/food stamp, or Medicaid recipient fraud

Report a retailer for SNAP/food stamp trafficking

Report Medicaid Provider fraud

Report fraud in the School Readiness or Voluntary Pre-K Programs

Report Social Security Disability Fraud



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Additional Resources


Department of Children and families

Call the Department of Children and Families Hotline to report public assistance fraud at 1-866-762-2237

Office of Public Benefits Integrity


Report child abuse



Agency for Health Care Administration



Office of Early Learning



Office of Inspector General - Social Security Administration