Fraud Reporting

Peoria County takes fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer funds very seriously. If you have a complaint, tip or suggestion, please contact the Peoria County Auditor's Office directly. Do not assume that there are others who know of or have reported the issue.

Online Fraud Reporting Form

Email the Auditor


Who Should Report?
How Can I Report?
What is Fraud, Waste, and Abuse?
What Should Be Reported?
What Should Not Be Reported?
What Happens After I Report The Incident?
Can I Report Anonymously?
What Happens if I Identify Myself?


Who Should Report?

Anyone who has direct knowledge of or is aware of fraud, waste or abuse of Peoria County resources:

  • County Residents and Taxpayers
  • County Elected Officials
  • County Employees
  • County Vendors, Contractors, and Consultants
  • County Volunteers

Please do not initiate an investigation on your own or alert the individual(s) involved of an impending or on-going investigation if you suspect or are aware of such activity.


How Can I Report?

Phone

Call the Peoria County Auditor's Office at (309) 672-6006 during business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Let staff know you are calling to report fraud. 

Online Form

Submit your information via our Online Form.

Mail and In Person

Send detailed information through the mail, or visit our office on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Peoria County Auditor
324 Main St, Room G02
Peoria IL 61602

Email

Send an email with detailed information to audithotline@peoriacounty.org.

Fax

Submit detailed information to (309) 677-6234.


What is Fraud, Waste, and Abuse?

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse includes Illegal, Wasteful, or Improper Activities Relative to County Resources.

FRAUD entails the dishonest and deliberate course of action that results in the obtaining of money, property, or an advantage in which the recipient would not normally be entitled. The intentional deception perpetrated by an individual or individuals, or an organization or organizations, either internal or external to County government, which could result in a tangible or intangible benefit to themselves, others, or could cause detriment to others or the County. Fraud includes a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading statements, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, and is intended to deceive.

WASTE entails the expenditure or allocation of resources significantly in excess of need. Waste does not necessarily involve an element of private use nor of personal gain, but invariably signifies poor management. "Waste" means the intentional or unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use, or squandering of resources owned or operated by the County to the detriment or potential detriment of the County. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs because of inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls. Waste does not normally lead to an allegation of "fraud".

ABUSE entails the exploitation of "loopholes" to the limits of County ordinances and laws, primarily for personal advantage. For example, an individual may abuse travel allowances by intentionally and unnecessarily scheduling meetings in another city on a Friday afternoon and on the following Monday morning in order to claim per diem over a weekend. "Abuse" means the excessive, or improper use of something, or the use of something in a manner contrary to the natural or legal rules for its use; the intentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of resources owned or operated by the County; or extravagant or excessive use so as to abuse one's position or authority. "Abuse" does not necessarily lead to an allegation of "fraud".

Examples of fraud, waste, and abuse activities include:

  • Theft of County Funds, Equipment, Supplies, or Any Other County Resources
  • Payroll Fraud
  • Insurance Claim Fraud
  • Expense Claim Fraud
  • Procurement Fraud/Bid Rigging
  • Submission of Fraudulent Certified Transcripts of Payroll to the County
  • Wasteful, Excessive, Unnecessary, or Inappropriate Purchases or Expenditures
  • Fictitious Suppliers/False Invoicing
  • Falsification of Records
  • Under or Over Billing
  • Personal Use or Abuse of County Property Including Vehicles, Equipment, and Supplies
  • Misuse of One's Position for Personal Gain
  • Soliciting or Accepting a Bribe or Kickback
  • Embezzlement
  • Gross Mismanagement or Neglect of Duty
  • Improper Handling or Reporting of Financial Transactions
  • Authorizing or Receiving Compensation for Goods Not Received, Services Not Performed, or Hours Not Worked
  • Willful Violation of Laws, Regulations, or Contractual Obligations When Conducting County Business


What Should Be Reported?

No matter how you choose to report, six basic elements should be included in your report so that the issue can be properly investigated.

Who

Who are the individuals responsible for and who is aware of the improper activity?

What

What is the improper activity? What makes it improper? Is there documentation that substantiates the reported improper activity?

Where

Where did the improper activity occur? Within a County department or elsewhere? Where can the investigator locate the individual(s) involved or who have information about the activity? Where can an investigator find documents or other evidence related to the activity?

When

When did the activity occur? When did you discover it?

Why

Why did the activity occur? Did the activity benefit those involved?

How

How was the activity able to occur? Were controls circumvented that allowed the activity to occur?


What Should Not Be Reported?

Only instances of fraud, waste, and abuse related to Peoria County Government under the jurisdiction of the Peoria County Board and Countywide Elected Officials should be reported to the Peoria County Auditor. It is not for general complaints, suggestions, personnel issues, complaints about your neighbors, private businesses, other governments (including City of Peoria) or other non-governmental entities. If something reported is found to be not within the authority of the Auditor's Office to investigate, it will be referred to the appropriate agency or authority as necessary.

Most importantly, please make sure that the allegation of fraud, waste or abuse of Peoria County resources you report is as accurate and truthful as possible. Do not intentionally report false or misleading information. The intentional reporting of false or purposely misleading information can result in civil or criminal liability.


What Happens After I Report the Incident?

The information that you report is received by the Auditor's Office, which will initiate and coordinate all investigations. To the extent allowed by law, professional staff will review and handle the information reported in a confidential and professional manner. A full investigation may follow if evidence substantiates possible fraud, waste, or abuse. This process may involve additional offices, such as the State's Attorney's Office.


Can I Report Anonymously?

Yes, you can remain anonymous; you do not have to provide your name when you report. However, please be aware that we will not be able to contact you if additional information is required relative to your reported allegation of fraud, waste or abuse, which may curtail any ensuing investigation. If you decide to identify yourself, the Auditor's Office will not knowingly disclose any information that would identify you without your express permission, unless required by law. If you still wish to remain anonymous, please do not provide your name or any other information that may personally identify you.


What Happens If I Identify Myself?

The Auditor's Office is committed to protecting the confidentiality and anonymity of individuals who report allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse of County resources. If you identify yourself, your name and contact information will be held in strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to third parties unless required by law.