An online database of fraud complaints against public offices goes live this week, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost. The web-based report system complements changes to Ohio law made last year by H.B. 66.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a case of fraud where no one knew what was going on before it was discovered,” said Auditor Yost, who served as a county and special prosecutor prior to 2011.
“This law makes sure public employees and all Ohioans have a safe place to tell someone when something is wrong.”
H.B. 66 codifies a system first implemented by former Auditor of State Betty Montgomery. As of today, all public offices, including community schools, must inform employees of methods of reporting fraud, including the option of doing so anonymously.
Public offices also must provide information about the fraud reporting system to all new hires, and all new employees must confirm within thirty days after beginning work that they received this information. Compliance with the law’s requirements will also be subject to regular auditing.