Placer Employment Opportunities

Investigator - Welfare Fraud

Recruitment #2024-16625-01


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The Placer County District Attorney’s Office is excited to announce the recruitment for the position of Welfare Fraud Investigator within the Special Investigations Unit. 

This position works in collaboration with the department of Health and Human Services to ensure program integrity within the CalWorks, CalFresh and Public Assistance programs provided by the county. This position is classified as 830.35 PC and Investigators will work with other members of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office in the process of investigating and prosecuting Welfare Fraud Crimes. 

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced, well-organized, self-starting investigator capable of working complex cases involving fraud; willing to work in collaboration with a team and possesses strong leadership skills with a willingness to coach and aid Investigative Assistants, Eligibility Workers, and other members of the HHS and DA’s Office. All active Peace Officers that meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To conduct criminal and civil investigations of alleged welfare/fraud; check forgeries and failure to provide cases.


As assigned, receives direction from the Supervising Welfare Fraud Investigator or other professional, supervisory, or management classification.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Interview complainants, suspects, relatives and other involved parties; obtain statements, documents and related factual evidence; and examine court, police and governmental records related to the investigation.
  • Review information obtained to determine whether to recommend voluntary agreements; recommend or advise against issuance of complaint; assist in preparation of criminal cases for hearing and trial; and appear in court if required.
  • Complete field investigations and conduct surveillance; gather, analyze and preserve evidence concerning crimes; keep records and prepare concise and professional reports relative to investigative work; and make arrests as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of responsible criminal or civil investigative work performed on continuing assignment; or two years of responsible criminal or civil investigative work performed on continuing assignment and possession of a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate issued by the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training.  Experience in specialized areas such as welfare fraud environment may be required depending upon the needs of the County.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.  Additional specialized training in criminal justice, investigative techniques or a related field is desirable.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Successful completion of a Specialized Investigative Basic Course (SIBC) approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) or an equivalent course within the probationary period.
  • Possession of Certificate of Completion of Penal Code 832 Course in Firearms issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) is preferred.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver's license.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • California and Federal statutory laws related to criminal and civil investigations, including welfare fraud investigation, arrest, custody, rules of evidence, search and seizure, interviewing and interrogation, and hearing and trial procedures.
  • Administration of justice.
  • Modern police science and technology.
  • Public assistance programs.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and personal computer equipment in network environment; operation of technical telecommunications systems such as CLETS.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; and basic accounting and mathematics.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to the public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in vehicle; walk stand, bend, squat and kneel while retrieving files and documents; walk, stand, or climb stairs during field interviews, home visits or surveillance activities; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.  Use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means or retrieve information/data; see with sufficient acuity to observe subjects; hear and speak with sufficient acuity to interview and communicate with subjects, witnesses and other parties; and lift moderate weight.
  • Investigate complex non-support cases while exercising sound independent judgment; analyze cases and assist attorneys in preparation for trials.
  • Conduct multiple investigations and manage cases in various stages of progress.
  • Compile oral and physical evidence; and analyze and evaluate evidence.
  • Establish rapport with and manage witnesses.
  • Referee disputes by citation hearings.
  • Take detailed statements and affidavits.
  • Prioritize work in order to meet various deadlines.
  • Understand complexities of public assistance programs and regulations.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview and deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Work unusual and/or prolonged work schedules while conducting investigations.
  • Use a personal computer in a network environment, calculator, typewriter, telephone, dictation machine, facsimile machine, postage meter and photocopy machine.
  • Tools and equipment used in investigation and arrest, including flashlight, handcuffs, binoculars, camera, police radio, tape recorder and fire arm as necessary.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Preciosa Ayala-Burkhardt, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4637.

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