The Administrative Services Division of the Department of Human Services includes the Accounting, Child Support, Resource Recovery, and the Special Investigations Units.
The Accounting Unit is responsible for all budgets, accounts, revenues, expenditures, claims, processes, and systems necessary for all fiscal operations of the Department of Human Services, which includes Social Services and Mental Hygiene.
This unit is also responsible for the pursuit and collection of monies owed to the Department of Social Services for estate recovery, liens, mortgages, overpayments of assistance due to fraud, household error, agency error, etc., as well as the maintenance of the system(s) that track these collections. Examples include but are not limited to: the entry of Third Party Health Insurance for Medicaid, Recovery of Interim Assistance from Social Security, & the reimbursement of Health Insurance Premiums for qualified households.
Special Investigations Unit
The Special Investigations Unit is responsible for receiving referrals or complaints of welfare fraud in Chemung County. Every allegation that is referred is investigated for welfare fraud. Acts of welfare fraud include deliberately providing a false statement, submitting a document that contains false information, or the intentional concealment of information such as wages, resources, household composition, etc., that may result in an overpayment of social service program benefits. These benefits include:
- Day Care
- Food Stamps
- Medical Assistance
- Temporary Assistance
Penalties for Welfare Fraud
Penalties for welfare fraud may include community service, restitution, probation, and disqualification from public assistance programs. In some instances, a welfare fraud conviction may even result in imprisonment. If you suspect someone is committing welfare fraud, we encourage you to report it to us today. The hotline number is 607-737-5352.