City Encourages Whistleblowing

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A new Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Ethics Hotline will give city of Memphis employees and citizens a place to report the wrongdoings of other city employees, Mayor A C Wharton announced on Wednesday.

Reports to the 800 number will be confidential, and the line will be open to city employees, vendors, business partners, and citizens. Those who would rather file fraud reports online can do so on a sister web-based application. Tips will be investigated by the city's internal auditors.

Callers may use the hotline to report anything from discrimination and harassment to on-the-job drug and alcohol abuse or financial irregularities.

“Even in an environment of plentiful resources, we would want to make sure that each dollar is spent wisely and only used for that which it was intended,” said Wharton. “We, of course, hope that our employees are not aware of any wrongdoing, but if they are, we hope they will speak up and report it.”

Reports can be made to (877) 918-2055 or online.

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