Fraud and Abuse Reporting
FRAUD PREVENTION AND DETECTION POLICY
The City Auditor has established a Fraud Prevention and Detection Policy to facilitate the development of controls which will aid in the prevention and detection of unlawful or wasteful acts (commonly called Fraud and Abuse) against the City of Colorado Springs and its enterprises. To facilitate the detection of fraud, several mechanisms have been established to assist anyone who wants to contact our office when they believe something is amiss.
The City Auditor and several staff members have received specialized training in fraud prevention and detection and have obtained the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation as issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. All investigations will be supervised by those specially trained to do so.
A DUTY TO REPORT
The City Auditor believes everyone has A Duty To Report any suspected unlawful or wasteful act and has developed several methods which can be used to report any suspected wrong doing.
If you have absolute knowledge that a crime has occurred, we strongly encourage you to contact the Police Department at 719-444-7000, for they are much better equipped to investigate known crimes.
If you are an employee of the City of Colorado Springs or its enterprise funds, which include the Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado Springs Utilities and Memorial Hospital, we encourage you to contact your supervisor for they are usually more familiar with the nature of your concern.
If neither of the above are feasible, we have established the following methods to collect information on suspected wrongdoing or wasteful acts.
HOTLINE - The City Auditor has installed a special hotline in the office. The number is 719-385-ADTR (2387). The Caller ID function has been disabled on this line so that you may remain anonymous. When possible, the phone will be answered by a Certified Fraud Examiner who will listen to your concerns and ask questions to help us better identify the area and persons who might be involved in the suspected wrongdoing. When a Certified Fraud Examiner is not available, the call will go to voice mail and you will be asked to leave a detailed message. Remember, the more information you provide us, the easier it will be for us to follow-up on your concern. Even though you will have the option of remaining anonymous, we will ask you to identify yourself and to provide us a means to contact you in case we have additional questions.
PO BOX - The Office of the City Auditor has it's own Post Office Box to receive concerns. Mail received at this address will not be opened or reviewed by any City staff member other than the Certified Fraud Examiners in the office. Please use this address:
Denny Nester, City Auditor
P.O. Box 2241
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
E-MAIL - The City Auditor has established a procedure to accept concerns via e-mail (CityAuditManagement@springsgov.com). Please note that if you send us your concerns via e-mail, we will have access to the e-mail address you used to contact us.
Remember, whether you call, write or e-mail us, we will need the following information in order to follow-up on your concern.
1. What happened and why you think it is wrong.
2. When and where it happened and if anyone else witnessed or knows it happened.
3. The department impacted and the people involved.
4. Any documentation or other evidence you have or know of.