By: Lanetra Bennett
May 14, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Government officials say Florida ranks number one in the nation for identity theft.
Today, the Florida Department of Children and Families rolled out groundbreaking public assistance fraud fighting initiatives.
The technology ensures that those applying for public assistance benefits online are who they say they are by asking a series of questions.
The DCF Secretary David Wilkins says it will stop thieves before they defraud the system.
He says, "If you are entitled to benefits and someone else is receiving your benefits, then you don't get replacement benefits. So, when people are stealing someone's I.D., they're not just committing a crime, but they are literally harming that individual who rightfully needs those benefits to keep their family going."
Florida is the first to implement the technology.
Wilkins says it'll provide $60 million in savings and avoidance in one year.
Press Release: Department of Children and Families (DCF)
TALLAHASSEE-Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary David Wilkins will announce the department's new, groundbreaking public assistance fraud fighting initiatives. Florida is the first state in the nation to implement aggressive front-end fraud prevention technology to ensure benefits go to Floridians who are in need.
Who: DCF Secretary David Wilkins; Chief Dennis Jones, Tallahassee Police Department; Deputy CFO Jay Etheridge, Department of Financial Services
What: Press conference to announce new public assistance fraud fighting initiatives
Where: Florida Press Center, 336 E College Ave., Suite 303, Tallahassee, FL 32301
When: Tuesday, May 14, 10 a.m.