December 14, 2017

State of Ohio Releases Online Fraud Database

From the Auditor of the State of Ohio:

An online database of fraud complaints against public offices goes live today, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost. The web-based report system complements changes to Ohio law made last year by H.B. 66.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a case of fraud where no one knew what was going on before it was discovered,” said Auditor Yost, who served as a county and special prosecutor prior to 2011. “This law makes sure public employees and all Ohioans have a safe place to tell someone when something is wrong.”

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All reports will be maintained in a public log that includes the nature of the complaint, the entity involved and the status of the resulting investigation. The law includes ‘whistleblower’ protections for all classified or unclassified civil service employees who use the Auditor of State’s fraud-reporting system, including a right to appeal retaliatory actions.

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