LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel today announced she is adding another tool in her arsenal to combat fraud and eliminate waste and inefficiency. The City's Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline can accommodate whistleblower tips in more than 150 languages. This feature is being promoted following reports of bribery and misconduct in the City's Housing department that had initially gone undetected because a rogue city employee was preying on victims who primarily spoke Korean.
"Whistleblowers need a place to go and be heard so that their concerns do not fall by the wayside," said Greuel."It is our responsibility to the taxpayers of this city that Los Angeles conducts its business with the utmost integrity and transparency. Having a multi-lingual hotline sends a message that we are serious about investigating credible tips and rooting out fraud, waste and abuse."
This announcement falls on the heels of Greuel's efforts to strengthen a City ordinance requiring departments to report any and all instances of waste, fraud and abuse and recent efforts to evaluate how successful City departments have been in implementing audit recommendations.
The Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotline is accessible in scores of languages including: Armenian, Arabic, Cantonese, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Taiwanese and Vietnamese to name a few. The hotline can be accessed by dialing (866) 428-1514. A list of all languages the hotline can accommodate can be found here.
Controller Greuel has conducted more than 40 audits and uncovered nearly $100 million that the City has lost to waste, fraud, and abuse over the last two years. For more information, log on to the Website of Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel:http://controller.lacity.org/.