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CALIFORNIA STATE WIC PROGRAM INTEGRITY
Program Integrity Objectives
Ensure WIC Program dollars are provided only to eligible families.
Investigate all allegations of fraud/abuse by WIC participants, WIC local agency employees, WIC authorized grocers, and State WIC staff.
Increase awareness of potential areas of WIC Program fraud/abuse.
Assume a highly visible and proactive role in preventing and detecting WIC Program fraud/abuse.
What we need before we can initiate an investigation
Who is involved in the activity?
If it is a participant, Local Agency employee or State WIC employee, what is their name?
If it is a WIC authorized grocer, what is the name of the owner (if known), and the name and location of the business?
Is there anyone else who is aware of this activity?
How can we contact this individual or individuals?
How do you feel the person or grocer would benefit by this action?
Are there others who may also benefit in some way from this action? How are they involved?
What did the person or grocer do that you feel was inappropriate?
Do you have any documents that would help support your concern?
Where can we obtain these documents?
Where did the activity in question occur?
Do you have the specific address or location other than what was provided above?
When did the activity occur?
Try to recall the date and time of day the activity occurred. Is it an ongoing activity or did it only happen a few times?
How was the activity done?
Do you have any ideas about how the person or grocer may have been able to carry out this activity?
Is the person or grocer receiving help from anyone else?
Can you identify the person or persons?
What can the State do if we substantiate improper activities
Seek restitution for any WIC benefits or monies received as a result of WIC program fraud/abuse
Impose a punishment that may result in Disqualification from the WIC program
Make referrals to other public programs for investigation and/or possible criminal prosecution under state and federal law
Pursue disciplinary action and/or termination from State employment
How to file a complaint
By phone - Program and Business Integrity Section (800) 852-5770
By mail -
Program and Business Integrity Section
WIC Supplemental Nutrition Branch
3901 Lennane Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834
By email -
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