The Orange County Internal Audit Department (IAD) established and manages the Orange County Fraud Hotline as part of its ongoing fraud detection and prevention effort. The Hotline was first established September 1, 1994, and after a short period of inactivity during the bankruptcy, was reinstated May 3, 1996, and enhanced and improved in December 2004. The establishment of a Hotline is a best business practice for both private and governmental entities.
The Hotline is intended for the use of County employees as a vehicle for reporting suspected fraud, misuse of County resources by vendors, contractors, or County employees, and significant violations of County policy. Fraud is an intentional act that results in the misstatement of financial records or theft of the County’s assets. The misuse of County resources would include for example the use of a County computer to run an outside business. In instances when non-County callers use the Hotline, their complaints are also processed.
What We Do
The Hotline is available for calls twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Hotline telephone number is (714) 834-3608. IAD staff monitors the telephone during business hours. Callers can leave anonymous information or identify themselves during business hours and after hours, or can choose to speak with staff during business hours. The Hotline telephone system also provides the callers with a list of Hotline numbers for reporting frauds that are not handled by the County Fraud Hotline such as Welfare Fraud. To report other types of fraud, such as welfare fraud, see the listing below of other fraud hotline phone numbers.
The Orange County Fraud Hotline is intended for use by County employees, the general public, or vendors reporting suspected waste, fraud, violations of County policy or misuse of County resources by vendors, contractors or County employees. County employees wishing to report complaints are protected under the New Whistleblower Law California Labor Code 1102.5 and 1106. The California State Attorney General’s Whistleblower Hotline number is (800) 952-5225.
Hotline complaints can also be reported on-line using the Hotline Information Form . The Hotline Information Form allows you to identify yourself or remain anonymous. In all cases, it is important to state as much information as possible. Important information should include:
Date, time, and place of the occurrence(s).
Agency (if applicable).
Amount/value of theft or fraud.
Full description of events reported other person or persons who may be aware of the fraud.
If you wish to fill out the form and submit the information in writing, please click on the link above, complete the form, print and mail the form to: Fraud Documentation, Orange County Fraud Hotline, Internal Audit Department, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Room 232, Santa Ana, CA 92701. You can also fax the form to (714) 834-2880.