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  2021-10-18     County of Santa Cruz     701 Ocean Street, Room 510     $7,200 – 8,096 month  

THE JOB: Under direction, investigate cases of suspected welfare fraud and violations of the Public Assistance laws and regulations. Locate and interview witnesses and persons suspected of violations. Obtain and present facts and evidence to support administrative action or prosecution. Perform other work as required.

Fraud Investigator II is the journey level position in the Welfare Fraud Investigator services. Incumbents carry the full range of caseloads involving general fraud, fraud prevention and early detection and assets match and earnings clearance. This class is distinguished from the class of Welfare Fraud Investigator I in that the latter class performs work under close supervision within established guidelines. Incumbents may provide initial training and guidance to Welfare Fraud Investigator I.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

One year of experience as a Welfare Fraud Investigator I at Santa Cruz County or equivalent.


Possession of a high school diploma or GED Equivalency and three years of professional experience performing responsible investigative work in a law enforcement agency.

License/Certificate: Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C Driver License issued by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles during the course of employment. Successful completion of a Specialized Investigator’s Basic Course approved by POST (to meet Penal Code 832.25 requirements) within three years prior to appointment to the class OR possession of a valid Basic Peace Officer Certificate as awarded by POST OR successful completion of the regular basic course certified by POST within three years prior to appointment.

Background Investigation: An extensive background investigation including a polygraph examination and Personal History Statement which includes work, legal, driving, financial and drug usage histories will be conducted. Ability to pass a full background investigation, medical exam as well as a required psychological exam to meet provisions of Government Code Section 1031. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined workspaces; heights; two-way radio noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; dust and pollens; chemical irritants; possibility of experiencing bodily injury and/or burns; and contact with a diverse population.

Other Special Requirements: Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; willingness when necessary to work irregular hours in various locations throughout the County. Note: These classifications have a 12-month probationary period.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of investigative techniques and procedures; interviewing techniques and procedures; and of the legal rights of citizens. Working knowledge of laws of arrest, and search and seizure; rules of evidence and legal procedure; principles of identification, preservation and presentation of evidence; the sources of information and the techniques used to locate persons; report writing; financial record keeping; and human motivation and behavior. Some knowledge of data processing applications.

Ability to: Conduct effective investigations; obtain information and evidence by observation, record examination, interview and interrogation; analyze and evaluate the statements of witnesses and suspected violators; interpret, understand and apply provisions of the welfare laws; prepare clear and concise written and oral reports; deal effectively with the public, departmental staff and law enforcement agencies; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; negotiate agreements and payments of monies due; adhere to the Peace Officer Code of Ethics; enforce the law firmly, impartially and with tact; learn to access, input and analyze data using a computer; have normal color vision and unrestricted peripheral vision and have vision of at least 20/20. If corrective lenses are worn, uncorrected vision of 20/100 correcting to 20/20; and able to sit, stand and walk for extended periods of time.

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