Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Our "Zero Tolerance" Anti-Fraud Waste and Abuse Initiative is an effort of the Ulster County Department of Social Services, with support of the District Attorney, to ensure that those who would abuse the welfare system are identified and prosecuted. Additionally, this effort will make certain that residents receive the benefits they need to help them get back on their feet, while at the same time stressing the County's "zero tolerance" policy against waste, fraud and abuse.

The Department of Social Services has a dedicated Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is responsible for receiving complaints and referrals of welfare fraud in Ulster County. Their mission is to support the integrity of the full compliment of Social Services administered by the Department, including Economics Supports, SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, HEAP and Day Care.

Residents of Ulster County can now help the Special Investigations Unit root out welfare fraud and abuse by contacting Ulster County's dedicated anti-fraud, waste and abuse hotline at (855) SIU-TIPS or (855)-748-8477. Tips from the public can play a vital role in ensuring that only individuals who are eligible for assistance receive it. Your input can help us to prevent, detect and prosecute fraud thus retaining valuable resources to protect the interest of those who are in genuine need.

If you suspect that someone receiving welfare benefits has lied about any of the following:

  • Their identity
  • Income
  • Assets
  • Where they live
  • Household composition

We encourage you to report this to us today. 


Call: (855)-SIU-TIPS or (855) 748-8477


Write to:

Ulster County Department of Social Services

Special Investigations Unit

1061 Development Court

Kingston, NY 12401 

All reports of suspected fraud will be investigated. Please be advised that due to confidentiality we will not be able to respond directly regarding your referral status.

Thank you for helping us fight welfare fraud and protect the integrity of our programs.