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STOP WASTE IN ITS TRACK!
REPORT FRAUD WASTE & ABUSE
OF PINELLAS COUNTY RESOURCES

Phone: (727) 45FRAUD (453-7283)
Fax: (727) 464-8386
Write:

    Public Integrity Unit
    Division of Inspector General
    Fraud Hotline
    510 Bay Ave.
    Clearwater, FL 33756

Whistle-Blowers Act:
By virtue of the Whistle-Blower's Act, employees who report suspected wrongdoing or fraudulent activities are protected from retaliation by management or other employees. Persons reporting wrongdoing or fraudulent activities should provide sufficient details to facilitate an investigation.

Process:
Preliminary review of allegations is made to determine probability that the alleged acts could have occurred. Referrals are made to the State Attorney when there is evidence suggests that a criminal activity is or may have occurred.

What Do I Need To Know When Contacting The IG?
There are several things to keep in mind when reporting fraud, waste and abuse. Immediate reporting is necessary, while facts are still fresh in the mind of the complainant. All reports must answer the questions who, what, when, where, why and how.
  • Who was involved? (Names, addresses, phone numbers, if available)
  • What happened? (Summary of events, additional sources of evidence)
  • When did it happen? (Date, time, frequency)
  • Where did it happen? (Location, city, state)
  • Why was it done? (Any known motive for committing such act)
  • How did it happen? (What scheme was used)
The most successful IG cases are those that include supporting documentation. Reports that are too vague or cannot be corroborated can result in a case being closed without any action taken.

What happens if you do not open a case based on my report to the IG hotline?
A number of the reports that the IG Hotline receives are program-related or administrative matters and do not result in a case being opened. In these situations, we refer the complaint when appropriate, to the appropriate department or agency.
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COUNTY RESOURCES FRAUD, WASTE OR ABUSE INFORMATION

 

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Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court
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