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Fraud, waste, and abuse against our County impact each of us – the public and County employees. It reduces budgets for County services including public health, housing and homelessness, public safety, and libraries.
Have something to report? Here are 2 ways to ANONYMOUSLY report fraud and abuse of resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the Auditor’s Good Government Hotline:
- Report online
- Call 888.289.6839
Available to the public and to Multnomah County employees.
To protect your privacy, please note all reports to the Hotline are confidential and information will not be disclosed.
The County Auditor's Office reviews all tips and will take appropriate action. Workplace and personnel related issues are typically turned over to Human Resources or Labor Relations.
What is fraud against the County?
Theft, waste, and abuse of Multnomah County resources. Examples include:
- Theft of county property, such as inventory or supplies
- Using County property for personal use
- Payroll or timekeeping fraud
- Conflicts of interest
- Vendor fraud
- Submitting invoices for fictitious or personal goods and services
- Stealing a check the County issued to another payee
- Falsely reporting expenses for reimbursement
- Accepting a bribe, kickback, or illegal gratuity
How we handle reports to the Hotline
For every tip we receive, we conduct preliminary fact finding and case analysis to determine if there is sufficient basis to undertake in-depth investigation. For every case, we can take one of the following courses of action:
- Conduct our own investigation: We investigate a case directly, depending on the severity and nature of the allegation and available resources.
- Direct a Department to investigate: We redirect a case to the County department associated with the complaint to review and/or conduct an investigation. Management then performs a review and informs us of the findings, including any corrective action.
- Request an outside agency to review the tip: Many allegations do not fall under the jurisdiction of the County. Such tips are referred to a county, state or federal agency for investigation. Examples of this include credit card fraud, welfare fraud, unemployment fraud, mail fraud, etc.
- Conduct a full audit: We expand our investigation of a tip to a performance audit when it appears the issue may be more widespread than an individual instance.
- Close a case if it lacks merit or sufficient information: Because cases can be made anonymously, we do not always obtain sufficient information to thoroughly investigate. In other instances, the case may lack merit to continue. We will close such cases during the initial review.