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Reporting Fraud

What do I do if I suspect fraud, theft, waste or abuse?

Any JMU employee may anonymously report suspicious activities to the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline (1-800-723-1615), maintained by the Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG).  Audit and Management Services may be required to investigate these activities and report findings to the OSIG.  For more information on how to report waste, fraud and abuse see the OSIG website.

According to University Policy 1603, employees are required to immediately notify the Director of Audit and Management Services of circumstances which suggest that a fraudulent transaction has occurred.  Fraudulent transactions can include, but are not limited to, the following prohibited acts:

  • misappropriation of cash or funds with falsification of documents
  • unauthorized use of University property and resources
  • falsifying entries to payroll and travel records
  • charging personal purchases to the University
  • unauthorized use of employees or employees' time

Upon notification of a possible fraud, the Director of Audit and Management Services will inform the appropriate Vice President and the President.  Audit and Management Services will then complete a review to determine if there is a reasonable possibility that a fraud has occurred.  If we conclude that reasonable possibility of fraud exists, we will prepare a letter for the President's signature reporting the possible fraudulent transaction to the Auditor of Public Accounts, the State Inspector General, and the Superintendent of State Police in accordance with Section 30.138.A of The Code of Virginia.  We may also consult with JMU Public Safety.  Further investigation of the possible fraud, with the objective of prosecution, is the responsibility of Public Safety, and the appropriate Commonwealth attorney.