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Phone: (828) 695-5600


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3030 11th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602

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PO Box 669
Newton, NC 28658

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Catawba County Department of Social Services has a Program Integrity Unit that is devoted to investigating cases of fraud, abuse, and waste in public assistance programs. These programs include: Work First, Food Assistance, DayCare, Emergency Assistance, Low Income Energy Assistance, Special Assistance, etc.

Please try to provide as much of the following information as possible when reporting suspected welfare fraud:

  • Person's name
  • Address where person actually lives
  • Contact information for individual, i.e. Telephone number, email addresses, etc
  • Names of persons living in the home
  • Place where individual works
  • Information about other income in the home
  • What is the person doing to commit fraud?
To report suspected fraud or abuse in public assistance programs in Catawba County you may call 828-695-5733 or click here to give information anonymously via computer.

Other contact numbers for reporting fraud:
      Medicaid Provider Fraud in North Carolina: 919-647-8282 or Help Desk: 1-800-662-7030
      Social Security Fraud:   1-800-849-5195