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What to Do If You Suspect Fraud, Waste, or Abuse

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If you have evidence of fraud, waste, or abuse involving a Commonwealth of Massachusetts department, employee, or contractor, report that activity to management or an oversight agency, or blow the whistle.

If you have a whistleblower complaint involving public funds, the following contacts are available.

Employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are protected against retaliation for reporting violations of the law by: M.G.L. c. 149, § 185 and M.G.L. c. 12A, §14(c).

Contacts to Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse

Office of the Inspector General

To report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse in government, call 800-322-1323.

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​Attorney General Fair Labor Helpline

To report violations of minimum wage and overtime laws and requirements for timely payment of wages, call 617-727-3465.

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​Division of Unemployment Assistance

To report unreported wages or persons collecting benefits while working, call 800-354-9927.

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​Office of the State Auditor:

Report waste and abuse by Commonwealth departments or contractors

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Office of the State Auditor

Report public benefit fraud

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Department of Housing and Community Development

To report suspected fraudulent activities, call 617-573-1100

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Public Employment Retirement Administration Commission

To report public pension fraud, call 800-445-3266.

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Additional Resources

Fraud Prevention: Everyone's Job

Printable brochure for distribution to Commonwealth employees

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Internal Controls

Guidelines which assist departments in developing Internal Control Plans based on a comprehensive assessment of risks

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