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Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention

The Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention Unit plays a unique and essential role in the State Water Boards’ fight against complex environmental and financial crimes. The Unit is part of the Water Boards’ Office of Enforcement, which specializes in investigating and developing cases where State funds are being used inappropriately or where false information is being provided for monetary gain. The Unit is charged with deterring these activities, working with the Office of the Attorney General and other prosecutorial agencies in pursuit of criminal and/or civil prosecution.

Additionally, the State Water Board has the administrative authority to disqualify funding recipients and their consultants from participating in the UST Cleanup Fund and other State Water Board financial assistance programs. People who submit false or misrepresented information (such as reports, certifications, applications, or invoices) are subject to:

  • $500,000 fine per violation
  • Disqualification from further participation in the UST Cleanup Fund and other State Water Board financial assistance programs
  • Liability for enforcement and prosecution costs

How to Report Fraud

If you think someone is committing fraud, misusing state funds, or intentionally misrepresenting data, it is important to let us know. All allegations of potential fraud are taken seriously, and you can remain anonymous.

Contact us if you think:

  • Someone is misusing state monies for personal gain
  • Someone is intentionally misleading the state for financial gain
  • Someone is taking some benefit to “look the other way”
  • Someone is submitting false claims
  • Or are aware of suspicious activity and are not sure who to contact

How to report fraud:

Disqualified Businesses and Persons

Claimants or consultants that misrepresent information submitted to the UST Cleanup Fund or other State Water Board financial assistance programs are subject to disqualification from further participation in these programs.

News Releases

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