Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-21-04
Welfare Fraud Notifications
Issue Date:03 February 2000Effective Date:04 February 2000
Rescinds:S00-02
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive establishes Department procedures for notification of potential welfare fraud cases to the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid, Bureau of Investigations.
II.Authority and Responsibility of the Bureau of Investigations
  • A.As enacted under Chapter 305, Public Aid Code, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Bureau of Investigations Unit is the agency responsible for investigating all matters concerning the fraudulent acquisition of public aid.
  • B.The Illinois Department of Public Aid, Bureau of Investigations Unit, is responsible for the review of all referred welfare cases.
III.General Information
Food Stamps are no longer issued to recipients by the Illinois Department of Public Aid. This system has been replaced with an electronic benefits card system, commonly referred to as the Illinois "Link" card. Recipients will use this card to access Public Aid funds and services that are provided through the Illinois Department of Public Aid.
IV.Procedures
  • A.In addition to completing the appropriate case report, an officer who becomes aware of welfare fraud involving an Illinois "link" card will notify the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Bureau of Investigations Unit. Telephone notifications can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers making notifications to the Illinois Department of Public Aid concerning the electronic benefits card will:
    • 1.record the date and time of the notification and the name of the person notified in the narrative section of the appropriate case report.
    • 2.provide the representative with their name, rank, star number, watch assignment, unit of assignment and the circumstances of the incident.
  • B.The cases referred by the Chicago Police Department are investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Bureau of Investigations Unit. In the event that criminal prosecution is necessary, the bureau refers the case to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Administrative and civil remedies may be initiated by the Bureau in cases of welfare fraud where no criminal activity has occurred. The referring officer will receive a report of the findings.
Terry G. Hillard
Superintendent of Police
99-074 AJE (PMD)