The Office creates a case for every tip received and investigates those cases with sufficient basis. The following information summarizes the 87 cases closed in 2017.
An investigation was conducted by our Office, or in conjunction with a City Department, for cases related to City fraud, waste or abuse. As we investigate, we may discover other issues that may be better addressed by a performance audit.
Cases of wrongdoing that were not related to City fraud, waste or abuse but fell under the City’s jurisdiction and had merit were referred to the appropriate City Department for review.
Allegations that did not fall under the jurisdiction of the City were referred to a county, state or federal agency for review. Examples of this include credit card, welfare, unemployment and mail fraud.
Cases were closed if they lacked merit or sufficient information of wrongdoing. Because tips are typically made anonymously without the ability to communicate with the caller, we did not always obtain sufficient information to investigate. Some cases were only recommendations for audits and were not reviewed under the hotline’s protocols.
12 cases with founded allegations and subsequent control weaknesses resulted in 13 corrective actions surrounding:
To see a summary chart of the 87 cases closed, click here.