Public Assistance Fraud Reward Program

CS/HB 515, Chapter 2014-119, Laws of Florida, amends section 414.39, Florida Statutes, and requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF), or the Director of DCF’s Office of Public Benefits Integrity (OPBI) to pay a reward to members of the public who provide and report original information relating to a violation of the State's public assistance fraud laws, unless the reward is declined. The reward requirement is subject to availability of funds and may not exceed ten percent (10%) of the amount recovered or $500,000, whichever is less, in a single case. An individual who receives a reward based on a complaint reported through the Public Assistance Fraud Reward Program is not eligible to receive additional rewards through the Florida False Claims Act for Medicaid Fraud.

To be eligible for a reward, the information and report must:

  1. Be reported by an identifiable member of the public who is at least eighteen (18) years or older;
  2. Be reported to DCF, Department of Financial Services (DFS), or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE);
  3. Related to criminal fraud upon public assistance program funds or a criminal violation of public assistance fraud laws by another person ; and
  4. Must be the original information submitted that leads to the recovery of a fine, penalty, or forfeiture of property.

You will be ineligible for the reward if:

  1. You have received a reward for providing information about Medicaid fraud pursuant to the Florida False Claims Act;
  2. You report public assistance fraud and choose to opt out to receive a reward; *
  3. You want to remain anonymous; *
  4. Note: Additional restrictions may apply.

* Although you may not be eligible for a reward, we will still process your complaint and evaluate the report for investigative purposes.  The process of a complaint moving from submission to investigation and criminal prosecution could take several years to reach a conclusion. There is no guarantee that your complaint will lead to prosecution.

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