Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Fraud, Waste and Abuse Defined

Per County Administrative Policy 8-2, fraud, waste and abuse are defined as follows:

  • Fraud: Intentional deception that could result in a tangible or intangible benefit or cause detriment.
  • Waste: Intentional or unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use or squandering of resources.
  • Abuse: Excessive or improper use contrary to the natural or legal rules.

Violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Falsification of records
  • Serious abuse of time or excessive use of time
  • Theft of funds

Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Our objective is to provide county/school employees and the general public a confidential means for reporting suspected wrongdoing involving fraud, waste and abuse of county and school assets or resources. All related evidence or documentation to support fraud, waste and abuse allegations should be provided to Internal Audit for review.

If you are unsure how to proceed with a concern, you may contact Internal Audit at 804-748-1240 for guidance prior to reporting fraud, waste and abuse.

Report Anonymously

Report Using Printable Form

Download and complete the printable fraud, waste and abuse reporting form (PDF). Note that sending personal information by email or fax is not a confidential or secure means of transmission. It is recommended you return your request in person or by mail.

Following Up on Your Report

If you want to remain anonymous, please call the confidential/anonymous hotline at 804-318-8000 two weeks after the initial report to enable us to gather more facts. You may refer to the date of your original report to preserve your anonymity.

Additional Fraud Hotlines

Reporting TopicResponsible AreaContact Information
Social Security Benefits Fraud (i.e. food stamp fraud)Social Services804-748-1100
Adult Abuse and Neglect

Social Services, Adult Protective Services

804-748-1100 (M-F, select option 5 for Adult Protective Services)

888-832-3858 (After hours, weekends, holidays) 24-Hour Automated Line
Child Abuse and NeglectSocial Services, Child Protective Services

800-552-7096 (within Virginia)

804-786-8536 (Out-of-State)
24-Hour Automated Hotline
Personal Fraud (i.e. identity theft)

Police, Reporting Crime Online

Emergency: 911
24-Hour Non-Emergency: 804-748-1251
Online Crime Report
Anonymous Crime TipsCrime Solvers804-748-0660
Questions about Business LicensesBusiness Licensing804-748-1229 or 804-748-1453
Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints, Sexual Harassment, or Other Personal Policy ViolationsCounty and School EmployeesCounty: 804-751-1551
School: 804-748-1984
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stop Fraud, Waste and Abuse. Call 804-318-8000.