Department of Human Services Avoids $40,000 in Fraud Since January

MESA COUNTY, Colo. March is fraud prevention month and the Mesa County Department of Human Services is asking for your help in stopping welfare fraud.

In just the first three months of 2014, the DHS fraud prevention unit has saved the county more than $40,000.

The team goes over welfare claims and checks details for inaccuracies, and department officials say they don't miss much when it comes to detecting and putting a stop to welfare fraud.

"People think they can get away that it's not going to be pursued," says DHS spokesperson, Angeline Roles. "The way that they can do it is they will garnish your wages and at this time of the year with the income taxes coming in they can take your income tax returns."

Most cases are handled before they go to court but committing welfare fraud can earn you a civil suit.

Some the most common forms of fraud the DHS sees are failure to update food stamp or job status and lying about the number of children living in a home.

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