Welfare fraud

It is very important that you tell the truth when you apply for assistance. If the caseworker finds out that you have not told the truth, you will be disqualified from receiving GA for 120 days. In addition, the administrator may refer your case over to the Police Department or the District Attorney’s office for committing welfare fraud, which is a Class E crime.


You have the responsibility to:

  • provide complete and accurate information
  • provide written documentation of your expenses (bills, receipts, etc.)
  • notify the caseworker if there are any changes in your circumstances (income, etc.)
  • use your income for basic necessities (food, rent, fuel, utilities, medicine, clothing).
  • make every effort to use potential resources, including other government benefit programs, private pensions, support payments, etc.
  • attempt to find and accept work
  • not quit work or get fired for misconduct
  • participate in an education or training program to help you become employed
  • sell your non-essential assets at fair market price (vehicles, boats, real estate, etc.)
  • find affordable housing within your ability to pay
  • request assistance with bills that are current (due that month)
  • check fuel supply (oil, wood, gas) on a regular basis and request GA before running out
  • notify caseworker when you receive a "shut off" notice, before being disconnected
  • tell the truth - if you don’t you’ll be disqualified for 120 days and may be prosecuted for committing a crime