65A-1.901. Public Assistance Fraud Reward Program  

Effective on Thursday, July 9, 2015
  • 1(1) Intake Documentation. To facilitate tracking, eligible fraud reports are submitted using the CF-ES Form 3415, Report of Suspected or Known Public Assistance Fraud, 12/2014, incorporated by reference, 29https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-05434, 31and sent to the Department of Children and Families (Department); or by submitting the online form. The form can be completed online at the Department’s fraud reporting web site, www.myflfamilies.com/ReportFraud, or mailed to DCF ACCESS Central Mail Center Fraud Report, P.O. Box 1770, Ocala, FL 34478-1770, or faxed to (850)487-0800. Reports not received through the Department’s fraud reporting web site and those received by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will be submitted by a state employee on behalf of the reporter using the online form. Copies of forms and materials incorporated by reference in this rule may be obtained by the public from the Office of Public Benefits Integrity (OPBI) at 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700. Forms are also available on the Department’s web site at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/DCFForms/Search/DCFFormSearch.aspx.

    168(a) Once submitted, the report will be assigned a tracking number and a notification will be sent to the reporter containing the tracking number, and describing the responsibilities of the reporter to be eligible for the Public Assistance Fraud Reward Program.

    209(b) A reporter has the opportunity to opt-out of the reward program or to report the allegation anonymously. If a reporter chooses either of these options, the report will be processed, but the reporter will not be eligible to receive a reward.

    251(c) State employees and individuals under contract with the state are not eligible to be public assistance fraud report reward recipients if the information provided was obtained in the performance of their official duties.

    285(2) Review Process and Reward Criteria.

    291(a) In determining whether a reward is due to the reporter, the Department will meet to review the reported information and verify the following:

    3151. The report was made to the Department, the Department of Financial Services, or the Department of Law Enforcement;

    3342. The results of the reported information indicated a criminal violation of public assistance laws pursuant to Section 352414.39, F.S.;

    3543. The reported information lead to the recovery of a fine, penalty or forfeiture of property;

    3704. The person who reported the information is identifiable for payment, and has not declined the reward;

    3875. The report contained original information that had not been previously reported or otherwise known to the Department, DFS, or FDLE.

    408(b) Only one award will be granted per case.

    417(c) The award amount shall be ten percent (10%) of the amount of the recovery collected by the Department, or $500,000, whichever is less, for a single case.

    446(3) Reward Disbursement. Subject to the availability of funds in the Federal Grants Trust Fund, in compliance with the requirements in Section 468414.39(11), F.S., 470the Department will calculate the amount of the reward, and will request issuance of a check drawn on the Department’s Federal Grants Trust Fund. DFS will issue the check to the reporter.

    502Rulemaking Authority 504414.45 FS. 506Law Implemented 508414.39 FS. 510History–New 5117-9-15.


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