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It is the intent of Galveston County to establish and maintain a fair, ethical and honest business environment for all county employees, customers, suppliers and anyone else with whom the county has a relationship.  Fraud not only involves loss of revenue, but decreased morale and productivity.
 
Fraud
The misrepresentation of a material fact, knowingly or with reckless indifference to the truth, in order to obtain a benefit or payment to which one would normally not be entitled
 
Waste
The negligent or extravagant expenditure of county funds, incurring of expenses, or misuse of county resources or property
 
Abuse
The intentionally wrongful or improper use of county resources that can include the excessive or improper use of one’s position, in a manner contrary to its rightful or legally intended use
 
Examples of Activities to be Reported:
 
 Theft of county funds or property
 Significant waste of county funds or property
 Bribes, kickbacks, contract or procurement fraud
 Payroll fraud
 Abuse of authority
 Fraudulent reimbursement claims
 Reprisal against a person making a hotline report
 
Reporting Fraud, Waste & Abuse
If fraud, waste or abuse is suspected within the county, please report the issue via any of the following:
 
Hotline Phone Number
Hotline Email
Hotline Mailing Address
 
(409) 770-5329
 
 
County Auditor’s Office
ATTN: Randall Rice
PO Box 1418
Galveston, Texas 77553
 
 
Respecting Your Anonymity
The reporting individual has the option to remain anonymous.  If you choose to remain anonymous, be assured your complaint will receive the same attention as all reports received.
 
If identity is disclosed, the Galveston County Auditor’s Office is committed to protecting the reporting individual’s identity and confidentiality.  The phone and email go directly to the County Auditor and are not answered or read by anyone else, including other County Auditor’s Office employees.