Reporting Fraud

Reporting Fraud

Tips or complaints of fraud in Ohio’s governments may be made at any time by any public employee or private citizen.

Ohio Revised Code Section 117.103 requires all public employers to notify employees of the methods of reporting fraud, including doing so anonymously. New hires must, within 30 days of hire, verify in writing that they have been advised of the system, and the Auditor of State’s office will verify compliance with the law during regular audits. The Auditor of State's office has created a Fraud Reporting Model Form (.pdf) to help employers comply with these statuorial requirments.

Also established in ORC §117.103 is a public log of fraud reports, which includes the date of the report, the entity complained of, the nature of the complaint and the status of the review of the complaint. See box at right.

Since 2011, the Auditor of State's office has been involved in convicting more than 150 government officials of fraud or wrongdoing. Map locating these convictions.

How to Report Fraud – Five Ways


Call 866-Fraud-OH

Submit a Complaint

Write a letter
88 E. Broad St.
PO #1140
Columbus, OH 43215

* Under Ohio law, complaint forms or letters may at some time become "public records" subject to disclosure under the Ohio Public Records Act. Documents that are deemed to be public records are available to the public, including the media, upon request for review, copying, and release.

Because the internet is not secure, we urge you to send personal identifying information (for example, Social Security number, bank account numbers, or credit card information) by U.S. mail rather than via the internet. Reference the complaint number that will be assigned to you, and send copies of any supporting documents, not the originals.