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About the Division

The Division of Public Assistance Fraud (DPAF) serves taxpayers and safeguards Floridians against public assistance fraud and the impact of those crimes by enforcing state laws regarding program eligibility and proper use of public assistance benefits.

On the state level, the Division partners with the Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Health, and the Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning to investigate fraud in programs administered by those departments. On the federal level, the Division partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services to help monitor and regulate fraud within our public assistance programs.

State Law Enforcement Bureau (SLEB)

As of 1991, the Division of Public Assistance Fraud has served as the State Law Enforcement Bureau for the State of Florida. SLEB was established to combat the illegal trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) benefits. It is a partnership between the State of Florida and the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) of the US Department of Agriculture. Its purpose is to coordinate and support federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to attack the problem of SNAP EBT trafficking.

DPAF investigates allegations of

Cash Assistance/​Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs
Resulting from Disaster Assistance/​Emergency benefits
Schemes to defraud Social Security Disability benefits
Medicaid recipient fraud

Contact Us

Public Assistance Fraud
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
PAF Phone: (850) 413-1901
Fraud Hotline: (866) 762-2237