Pennsylvania Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner named Shelley L. Lawrence as a special assistant to work directly with the Department of Public Welfare. Lawrence, who has over 28 years of experience in the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG), most recently has served as the OIG’s director of the Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution, which oversees the agency’s welfare fraud prevention and prosecution programs.

One of the OIG’s primary missions is to combat fraud in DPW’s public benefit programs, according to a statement released by the Inspector General. Through the OIG’s welfare fraud detection, prevention, prosecution, and overpayment collection activities, the office has a unique perspective on measures which DPW can employ to reduce future abuses within benefit programs.