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Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Prevention

The goal of the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (Fraud) Prevention Unit is to deter claimants and contractors from submitting false, misleading, or inflated invoices to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (UST Cleanup Fund). The Fraud Prevention Unit investigates and develops cases to refer to the State Attorney General's Office or other prosecutorial agencies for criminal and/or civil prosecution. In addition, the State Water Resources Control Board has the authority to prosecute cases administratively. Misrepresentations submitted to the UST Cleanup Fund by a claimant or consultant in a report, certification, application, invoice, or other document are subject to fines of up to $500,000 for each violation; disqualification of claimants and consultants from further participation in the UST Cleanup Fund; and liability for enforcement and prosecution costs.

Report Fraud

Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Enforcement - If you think someone is committing potential fraud or misusing Fund monies, it is important to let us know about it. All allegations of potential fraud are taken seriously, and you can remain anonymous. Please include as much information as possible.

Contact us if you think . . .

  • someone is misusing UST Cleanup Fund monies for personal gain;
  • someone is intentionally misleading the UST Cleanup Fund for financial gain;
  • someone is taking some benefit to “look the other way”
  • someone is filing false claims; or
  • you're not sure if you should call to report suspicions.

Options for reporting fraud. . .

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