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Frequently Asked Questions

What is fraud?
Any knowing deception designed to unlawfully deprive a governmental agency of something of value or to secure a benefit, privilege, allowance,  or consideration to which an individual is not entitled. Such practices include, but are not limited to, offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements; submitting false claims; falsifying records; arranging for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions; and conspiring to use any of these devices. The term also includes conflict of interest cases and criminal activity.

What is waste?
The extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of Government funds, or the consumption of government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions.

What is abuse?
The intentional or improper use of Government resources, such as; misuse of position and authority, or the misuse of tools, vehicles, or office equipment.

What is the purpose of the OIG?
The OIG has the mission of preventing and detecting fraud and abuse, and promoting efficiency and effectiveness in City operations and programs.  It accomplishes the counter fraud mission through awareness seminars, analysis of fraud indicators, and investigations into allegations or other evidence of fraudulent actions.  It promotes efficiency and effectiveness through audits, inspections, and evaluations of City programs and operations.

Who can lodge a complaint?
Employees, contractors, customers, and the general public.

Does the OIG arrest people?
No, the OIG does not have arrest authority.

Do OIG employees carry weapons?
Yes, but only for self-protection and only with the Inspector General’s specific approval.  OIG employees do not normally carry weapons, and usually rely on assistance from the NOPD, LA State Police and the FBI.

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