Medicaid Fraud Control & Elder Abuse Unit


Attorney General Schimel requests the assistance of all Wisconsin citizens in fighting health care fraud and patient abuse. Please use the statewide hotline number at 1-800-488-3780 to report Medicaid fraud or elder abuse. 


The Department of Justice protects our State’s most vulnerable persons in its Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit (MFCEAU). MFCEAU is a unit within the Division of Legal Services that works cooperatively with District Attorneys, County Sheriffs, and other law enforcement agencies across the State to investigate and prosecute criminal violations of:

  • Medicaid provider fraud (Wis. Stat. § 946.91);
  • Abuse, neglect, and financial misappropriation from patients or residents residing in Medicaid funded facilities (Wis. Stat. §§ 940.285, 940.295);
  • Abuse and neglect of residents in board and care facilities such as nursing homes, community based residential facilities, and adult family homes;
  • Violations of criminal laws affecting the Medicaid program, including laws relating to fraud and the health, safety, and welfare of Medicaid recipients.

The Madison-based MFCEAU conducts Medicaid provider fraud and patient abuse and neglect investigations across the entire State of Wisconsin. This federally funded Unit has the resources and expertise to assist county and local law enforcement investigations and District Attorney prosecutions. MFCEAU works cooperatively with the Department of Health Services, the Department of Safety and Professional Services, and many other State and Federal Agencies.



Wisconsin law does not authorize the Attorney General and employees of the Department of Justice to provide legal advice to private individuals. If you need legal advice or representation you may want to contact a private attorney. The State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service can help you determine if you need a lawyer, and how to proceed if you do.