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What Constitutes Fraud, Waste, and Abuse?

Term Definition Examples
Fraud Any intentional act or omission designed to deceive others, resulting in the victim (City of San Diego) suffering a loss and/or the perpetrator achieving a gain.
  • Falsifying financial records to conceal the theft of money or City property.

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The Network

The Network, Inc., which operates the City's Fraud Hotline, is the nation's first anonymous third-party ethics hotline provider founded by Ralph Childs, a former FBI Special Agent and an Associate Certified Fraud Examiner with extensive experience in security consulting. Today more than 2,000 clients, including 45 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on The Network's Report Line service for centralized reporting of sensitive workplace incidents. They are the leading provider of hotlines to complex organizations.

Office of the City Auditor

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline

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