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MAINE STATE AUDITOR'S FRAUD HOTLINE
Types of complaints Department of Audit personnel investigate:
Types of complaints Office of the State Auditor personnel do not investigate. However,the Department does generally refer these complaints to other State agencies or other government authorities:
The Office of the State Auditor does not have enforcement power. However, we work with governmental entities that do have enforcement power. This includes the Attorney General's Office and the District Attorneys' Offices.
What we need before we investigate
We do not undertake formal investigations without having a basis for believing there is merit to the complaint in order to protect the identity and reputation of individuals incorrectly accused of committing improper governmental activities.
Because we do not undertake formal investigations without adequate cause, we need evidence to corroborate your complaint such as documents, witnesses, and other specific and relevant information. We need copies of all evidence you have that convinces you that an improper governmental activity has occurred. We will not begin an investigation based solely on a letter or telephone call without such evidence.
We do not investigate complaints filed anonymously because of the difficulty in obtaining sufficient evidence to corroborate the alleged improper activity. However, your identity can be protected under Maine law by the State Auditor and the Maine Department of Audit. We will assume that all individuals filing complaints desire such protection, unless you tell us in writing that you are willing to be identified.
If you do file your complaint without telling us your name and how to reach you, be aware that we may not investigate and we may not be able to investigate due to insufficient information. Please be sure to provide specific and relevant information including the first and last names of any individuals mentioned, their contact information, and the location or address at which the improper activity is occurring.
See our complaint form for additional guidance.
What we will do with your information
You may send questions or comments to: email@example.com
Last updated July 29, 2013
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