Report Fraud

City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline

Here are 3 ways to anonymously report a tip of alleged fraud, waste or abuse against the City of Long Beach 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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Information to include in your tip of alleged City fraud, waste or abuse:

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

 

To maintain confidentiality, investigation information will not be disclosed.

 

California’s whistleblower laws (California Government Code § 53087.6 and California Labor Code § 1102.5) provide protection for anyone who reports an improper governmental activity against retaliation by his or her employer for having made the tip.

 

The City’s Fraud Prevention and Reporting Policy, contained in the Ethics Guide for City Officials & Employees, authorizes the City Auditor to receive and investigate allegations of City fraud, waste and abuse, and it asserts the City Auditor’s authority to assess internal controls to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.

 

Our investigative team reviews all tips and will take action. Learn more here.

 

See fraud hotline activity and how your tips are initiating positive change here.

What is City fraud, waste and abuse?

 

Examples include:

 

  • City payroll fraud, such as falsifying work hours or charging for time not worked
  • Misuse of City property or information, such as the personal use of facilities, supplies and equipment
  • Violations or abuse of City policy or procedures
  • Conflicts of interest, such as when the public actions of City employees or officials benefit their personal financial interests and/or interests of their immediate family members in fact or appearance, thereby posing a material or reputational risk to the City
  • City contract or vendor fraud, such as submitting invoices for fake or personal services
  • City employee or official accepting a bribe, kickback or gift in exchange for a City related favor (financial or otherwise)
  • Theft of City cash or City property
  • Falsification of City records or the improper release of confidential information

 

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

 

To see the definitions of fraud, waste and abuse, please visit the Glossary of Terms.

What is non-city fraud?

 

Examples include:

 

  • 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