The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has seen an increase in suspected fraud reports in the past year.
Comptroller spokesperson Blake Fontenay says a year-old fraud reporting website contributed to that increase.
He says in fiscal year 2013 the agency received 562 reports of suspected fraud. That’s an increase of almost 28 percent from the previous year. The reporting website was available for the last six months of fiscal year 2013, and Fontenay says it received nearly 150 notifications.
The General Assembly expanded the Advocacy for Honest and Appropriate Government Spending Act in 2012 to allow online reporting after having just the telephone hotline for almost 20 years. The Comptroller’s Office reviews and investigates suspected fraud of public money.