Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Misconduct

Fraud, Waste, Abuse, Employee or Vendor Misconduct

If you suspect that an incidence of fraud, waste, abuse, or County Employee misconduct may have occurred, you can make a report in one of five ways, and your complaint can be anonymous.

  1. Complete our on-line Fraud, Waste, Abuse & Misconduct form (Remember, your e-mail address will be sent with this form).
  2. Call our 24-hour hotline at 941-742-5938.
  3. Send a letter to:
    Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court
    ATTN: Inspector General 
    P.O. Box 25400
    Bradenton, FL 34206-5400
  4. Send us a fax at 941-741-4072
  5. Send us an e-mail (Remember, your e-mail address will be sent with this e-mail)

The Division of Inspector General is staffed with Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) who can professionally investigate allegations of fraud, irregularities, abuse, other illegal acts, and employee misconduct. Employees reporting suspected wrongdoing are protected by the Whistle Blower's Act from retaliation by management and other employees. Upon receipt of a complaint, a preliminary review of the allegations is made to establish predication that the alleged acts could have occurred. Approval by the Inspector General and the Clerk of the Circuit Court is required in order to begin an investigation. Allegations are investigated and, as appropriate, reported to the County Administrator, the Board of County Commissioners, and the public. Referrals are made to the appropriate law enforcement agency when evidence suggests that a criminal activity may have occurred or is occurring that warrants a criminal investigation.

Contact Inspector General
Fax: 941-741-4072
Supervisor: Lori Stephens
Supervisor Title: Inspector General
Mailing Address
Attn: Inspector General
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206
Physical Address
1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205