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Fraud, Waste, or Abuse

What is Fraud?

The definition of fraud from Black’s Law Dictionary states, “All multifarious means which human ingenuity can devise, and which are resorted to by one individual to get an advantage over another by false suggestions or suppression of the truth. It includes all surprise, trick, cunning, or dissembling, and any unfair way, which another is cheated.”

Safeguarding taxpayer dollars and ensuring public efficiency, and monitoring compliance efficiently and with state and federal guidelines are the goals of the Utah State Office of Education’s (USOE) Internal Audit department. If you know of, or suspect that educational resources are being stolen, wasted, or misused, please report it. We may contact you if additional information is needed.

What Should be Reported?

  • Theft, misuse, or mismanagement of district or school funds, property, equipment, or supplies;
  • Authorizing or receiving payments for goods not received, services not performed, or hours not worked;
  • Improprieties in the handling or reporting of money transactions;
  • Violations of federal or state law, or misdirection of federal or state funds for purposes outside the source of the funding;
  • Forgery or alteration of documents (checks, supporting documentation, time, and attendance records, independent contractor agreements, purchase orders, budgets, etc.).

USOE is committed to protect individuals who report waste or fraud. We maintain the confidentiality of all complainants as required by law. Utah law prohibits discharging, threatening, or otherwise bringing a personal action against an employee who reports a violation of law or waste of public funds, property, or manpower unless the employee knows the report is malicious, false, or frivolous. Please see Utah Code Section 63G-2-305 concerning protected information and Utah Code Section 67-21-3 concerning the whistleblower statute.

Reporting Process

Complaints can be reported in one of two ways:

  1. Using the Hotline Reporting Form and electronically submitting it, or
  2. Calling the Hotline at (801) 538-7813.

We prefer the use of the form as it helps to ensure that the specific details of the concern are appropriately addressed. At a minimum, we must receive the following information, either in a letter or by calling the Hotline at (801) 538-7813:

  • A detailed description of the improper action(s).
  • The name of the individual(s) involved.
  • The district or school and location where the action(s) occurred.
  • When the action(s) occurred.
  • Any other details that may be important for our investigation: other witnesses, documents, evidence, etc.
  • The specific law or regulation that has been violated, if known.
  • The source of the funds involved.
  • Your name and phone number.