Report Fraud

Be Alert

Fraud, waste, and abuse against the City of Long Beach impacts each of us – citizens, City employees and vendors. It reduces budgets for City services including public safety, street repairs, libraries, and parks.

 

Have a tip? Here are 3 ways to ANONYMOUSLY report it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline:

  1. Phone: 1-888-FRAUD-07 or 1-888-372-8307
  2. Online form
  3. MyAuditor App: select “Report Fraud” and include photos and location as evidence

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To protect your privacy, all tips received by the Office are confidential and information will not be disclosed.

 

California’s Whistleblower Protection Act provides protection for anyone who reports an improper governmental activity against retaliation by his or her employer for having made the tip.

 

Our investigative team reviews all tips and will take appropriate action. Find out more here.

 

Information to Include in Your Tip:

  1. Who was involved
  2. What was the alleged incident
  3. Where was the alleged incident
  4. When was the alleged incident committed

The more information you provide, the better the investigation.

 

See how your tips on fraud, waste, and abuse against the City are making positive change possible, in case examples here.

What is fraud, waste, and abuse of Long Beach City resources?

 

 

Examples include:

 

  • Theft of cash collected from City services and fees, such as parking, permits or fines
  • Falsely reporting expenses for reimbursement
  • Theft of City property, such as City supplies or equipment
  • Misuse or abuse of City property, such as the use of facilities, supplies and equipment
  • Payroll fraud, such as falsifying work hours and adding “ghost” employees to the payroll
  • Extensive, unnecessary overtime
  • Contract or vendor fraud, such as submitting invoices for fake or personal goods and services
  • Accepting a bribe, kickback, or gift in exchange for a favor
  • Conflicts of interest, such as employees having personal relationships or financial interests that could cause financial or legal harm to the City
  • Bid rigging which involves different forms of collusion between bidders and/or employees to manipulate the bidding process
  • Falsification of City records or the improper release of confidential information
  • Violation or abuse of City policy or procedures

 

To find out more about the common types of City fraud, waste, and abuse along with red flags to lookout for and steps to take to prevent fraud, click here.

What is non-city fraud?

 

Examples  include:

 

  • Personal property theft
  • Credit card fraud
  • Welfare fraud
  • Unemployment fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • County and State public benefits fraud

Click here for resources to report non-city fraud.

 

Note, we are not a 9-1-1 or emergency service. Please contact your local emergency services if you need to report a critical situation.

 

Also, we are not a substitute for employment-related grievances or appeals as City policy procedures provide channels for resolution of these issues. To contact the City of Long Beach Human Resources Department, click here.

 

Additional City Contacts

 

  • General Long Beach City Services, information, and complaints: 562-570-6555
  • Non-Emergency Long Beach Police Service: 562-435-6711