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Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse Related to County Government Activities - Call the OIG hotline @ 240 777 7644, or e-mail





Report Fraud,
Waste, or Abuse
Related to County Government Activities

Call the OIG Hotline at
240 777 7644

or e-mail




Edward L. Blansitt III
Inspector General

Office of the
Inspector General
51 Monroe Street
Suite 802
Rockville, Maryland  20850
240 777 8240
Fax 240 777 8254


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Office of the Inspector General
OIG Hotline
  Telephone number: 240 777 7644
  e-Mail address:


The OIG is interested in receiving information related to Fraud, Waste, or Abuse of County Government activities from County residents and non-residents, County government employees, contractors, or any other source. Reports may be made anonymously.

Our responsibility is to receive and evaluate concerns regarding fraud, waste, and abuse, and when appropriate, conduct an investigation. We report our conclusions to management for a decision on any corrective action and/or to a prosecutor for potential criminal matters.

Fraud . . .
  is the misrepresentation of a material fact, knowingly or with reckless indifference to the truth, in order to obtain a benefit or payment to which one would normally not be entitled.

Waste . . .
  is the negligent or extravagant expenditure of County funds, incurring of expenses, or misuse of County resources or property

Abuse . . .
  is the intentionally wrongful or improper use of County resources that can include the excessive or improper use of one's position, in a manner contrary to its rightful or legally intended use.

Examples of activities that should be reported to the OIG include:
  • Fraud in areas such as contracting, procurement, workers' compensation, or expense claims
  • Offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes or gratuities
  • Falsification of financial records
  • Arranging for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions
  • Undisclosed conflict of interest
  • Theft of County funds or property
  • Significant waste of County funds
  • Abuse of County position
  • Whistleblower reprisal

When reporting information, be prepared to provide the following::
  • The person(s) involved and title(s)
  • Where
  • How long
  • How the caller knows
  • Others who have knowledge
  • When the incident occurred
  • How
  • How often
  • Is there documentation
  • Any steps already taken

What happens to matters that are reported to the OIG:

This chart illustrates the steps the OIG may take when considering information it receives.

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse concerns can be reported by either of the following methods:
  Telephone number: 240 777 7644
  e-Mail address:

The OIG Hotline is monitored by Inspector General Staff between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, but you may leave a message anytime and we will promptly return your call.