A custodial parent has the right to get child support payments to help provide food, clothing, shelter and living expenses for the child. Unfortunately, there are those who abuse the system and receive payments fraudulently. Child support fraud may include not reporting cash income payments, impersonating a child support services representative, or collecting support when a child is no longer living with the custodial parent. Child support fraud should be reported to the proper authorities.
Gather all evidence and witness statements you have regarding the fraudulent activity. If you know someone is taking cash payments for work and not reporting it, you may need to show photographs of large purchases that don't mix with the "income" claimed or even get a statement from the person paying them, if possible.
Call the local child support agency; in most states this is a division of child welfare services. Explain that you suspect fraud in a child support case and want to know how to report it. You may need to establish a case file at child support services that could lead to appointment of an officer who will audit previous records and investigate the claims and proof you provide.
Call the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General if the child support involves parents in different states. Explain to the hotline representative that you are reporting suspected child support fraud and provide him with the information you have. Mail the supporting documents to the address provided notating the case number.
Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services ATTN: HOTLINE PO Box 23489 Washington, DC 20026 800-447-8477
File a motion in family court to amend child support payments based on the suspected fraud. A court hearing will review all supporting documentation and proof. The judge will either approve or deny the requested amendments.
Investigators for child support take all reports seriously and do investigate to determine if fraud is occurring. It is possible for a third-party to make an anonymous tip to one of the hotlines if there is fear of retaliation from the accused.
Tips and warnings
- Investigators for child support take all reports seriously and do investigate to determine if fraud is occurring. It is possible for a third-party to make an anonymous tip to one of the hotlines if there is fear of retaliation from the accused.