You can report suspected fraud by calling the DES fraud hotline or clicking the following links to report fraud online.
DES Fraud Hotline
1 (800) 251-2436
Report fraud related to unemployment insurance, nutrition assistance, cash assistance, child care assistance and more.
Developmental Disabilities Fraud
Report fraud associated with programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities
The DES Office of Inspector General (OIG) exists to safeguard Arizonans by preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. OIG has seven principal functions: audit, assessment and review; continuous improvement; administrative and criminal investigation; research and analysis; risk management investigation; and hearing and deciding appeals pertaining to unemployment insurance and public assistance programs administered by DES.
States across the nation have seen a significant surge in Unemployment Insurance benefit fraud, largely in association with identity theft. Although there has not been a breach of information stored by DES, fraudsters are using phishing scams, previous corporate data breaches and other tactics to collect information from individuals across the country and file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Learn more about unemployment fraud.
One of the missions of the DES Inspector General's Office is to conduct administrative and criminal investigations regarding SNAP benefits trafficking. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Trafficking Detection Unit (TDU) investigates complaints and allegations regarding the improper use of SNAP benefits and prepares cases for administrative sanction and criminal prosecution. Referrals for suspected benefit fraud are received from the benefit program, from the public, and through the use of other investigative tools. This information provides the springboard for investigatory activities, including partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to conduct joint investigations.