County Launches Fraud Hotline

Tulare County has had financial and operating controls in place to provide reasonable assurance that fraudulent, illegal or dishonest activity by employees, officers, business contacts or others is prevented or detected, but the potential for inappropriate activities and behavior still exists.

As a result, Auditor-Controller Rita A. Woodard announced the implementation of a new County of Tulare Fraud Hotline, (559) 636-5230, for whistleblowers to report improper or inappropriate activities not identified by existing controls.

The hotline has been created to report activities including: theft, embezzlement, improper reporting of time, payments, misuse or questionable use of cash, diversion of or lack of timely deposit of county revenues, credit card fraud, inappropriate communication of confidential information (pay, social security number, other protected personal or financial information), and any other illegal or questionable acts that have a financial impact on the county.

Incidents can be filed by either providing information via the dedicated hotline number, or an online form can be completed and emailed directly to the Auditor-Controller’s Office. The link to the online form can be found at tularecounty.ca.gov/auditor. The person submitting the report may choose to remain anonymous, or may leave additional information so that he or she can be contacted with any questions.

For more information, call 636-5200 or visit tularecounty.ca.gov/auditor.

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