RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR WHEREAS, fraud is an increasingly expensive burden on victims and our state; and WHEREAS, the cost of fraud diverts resources away from legitimate businesses, state services, law enforcement, the justice system, and local emergency services; and WHEREAS, … Continue reading Fraud Awareness Week in Florida
Duke University has recently come under fire after a whistleblower contended that Duke and some of its professors used phony data to fraudulently obtain federal research grants. The claim also alleges they ignored warning signs about the work of Erin … Continue reading A Truth About Fraud – Someone Usually Knows
This past fiscal year has been a busy one for the Office of Inspector General Investigations Section. We received 235 complaints and have been actively engaged in several significant fraud investigations with law enforcement partners. Often these fraud investigations are … Continue reading Fraud Detection is Everyone’s Business
Given the right circumstances, good people can get caught up in some very bad things. More often than not, psychology is to blame. When it comes to unethical behavior, good people don’t tend to go right off the deep end … Continue reading 14 Psychological Forces That Make Good People Do Bad Things
Suspects and witnesses often reveal more than they intend through their choices of words. Here are ways to detect possible deception in written and oral statements. The manager of a fast food restaurant calls the police late at night to … Continue reading The 10 Tell-Tale Signs of Deception
Explore how pressure, opportunity and rationalization — called the Fraud Triangle — can come together to influence an individual to commit fraud. To view more videos like this, click HERE. Continue reading Why Do People Commit Fraud?
Dive into what similarities fraudsters have, such as age, gender, tenure at a company and more. To view more videos like this, click HERE. Continue reading What Does a Fraudster Look Like?
New Jersey Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Attempted Bribery of DBE Official On October 16, 2017, Abboud Wali pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges for his role in an attempted scheme to bribe a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) specialist … Continue reading US DOT News
The National Business Ethics Survey (NBES), periodically published by the Ethics Resource Center, is the pre-eminent source of information about workplace conduct through the eyes of employees themselves. In the most recent survey, 41 percent of workers surveyed said they observed misconduct on the job. Of those who said they observed misconduct only 63 percent said they reported what they saw. Based on this survey, what could that mean for us in DOT? If you take 6,500 as an average number of employees, 2,665 could have observed misconduct. Of those, 1,678 people would have made some form of report – … Continue reading As many as 987 of you may have observed misconduct during the past 12 months and not made a report
Recently, the Contract Audit section issued an audit report evaluating the effectiveness of internal controls in place at the State Aluminum Structures Shop (SASS) in Oviedo, FL. The SASS is part of the Structures Operations division within the Office of Maintenance (OOM) and serves dual purposes for the department. The SASS’s primary purpose is to store, repair, and deploy temporary bridging for emergency and bridge construction detour operations. The SASS is a vital unit of the department, dedicated to providing maintenance, construction, and fabrication support during times of declared emergency, such as the recent Hurricane Irma, which affected much of … Continue reading Inventory Controls at the State Aluminum Structures Shop
Florida has one of the oldest and broadest public records laws, first established in 1909. The Florida Department of Transportation Open Government Bill of Rights provides that a public record request does not have to be made in writing, unless specifically required by statute. A major challenge for the Department is tracking public record requests. During a recent complaint investigated by the OIG, the complainant alleged employees failed to comply with public records requests and failed to respond to inquiries in a timely manner. As part of this inquiry, the OIG looked at Department records provided in response to the complainant’s public … Continue reading The Importance of Tracking Public Records Requests
In February 2017, State Senator Jeff Brandes requested the Florida Department of Transportation (department), Office of Inspector General (OIG), review the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority’s (SFRTA) Procurement Policy and compare it to the State of Florida procurement requirements. This request was initiated when SFRTA awarded a contract (Agreement 16-010) in excess of $511 million to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. Senator Brandes also requested that the OIG determine if SFRTA followed its Procurement Policy in awarding Agreement 16-010 to Herzog Transit Services, Inc. In preparation for the 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP), SFRTA elected to bundle four contracts for services … Continue reading Review of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.