At the same time, the investigator will be in a position to pursue criminal charges in cases where there was intentional fraud.
Counties in Minnesota are split in how they handle welfare fraud, according to Claussen. Some have a human services employee who handles investigations, others use a private contractor and a few operate with a sheriff’s investigator working closely with human services staff.
Board members, after initial reservations because they were pleased with the current contractor, said they were willing to try the new approach.
“I think we should give it a chance to work,” Commissioner Mark Piepho said.