The job of a welfare fraud investigator is to do what is sounds like, which is to investigate welfare recipients who are suspected of fraud. This duty protects the federal government as well as the tax payers, whose taxes fund welfare programs. There are many different ways that people commit welfare fraud. The most common method is a person collecting a welfare check when they are already receiving enough money from other sources rendering them ineligible for welfare. This may be difficult to detect as some people make money by working under the table and not reporting their income or filing taxes.
Welfare Fraud Investigators work in an office and may sometimes travel to different locations to investigate their targets. If a person is suspected of working under the table, the welfare fraud investigator may go to the suspected target's work site and see if they are actually working. They generally work in teams but will occasionally work individually. They usually report to a Lead Welfare Fraud Investigator. Their work hours are usually Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. Sometimes they may work in the field later in the evening as well. Investigators use telephones, computers, standard office supplies, cameras, audio recorders, and binoculars. Requirements for this position are usually an Associate's Degree in forensic science, or 60 semester hours in a criminal justice program completed. At least two years of field experience in investigative work is also often required.