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"It is the use of one's occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate misuse or misapplication of the employing organization's resources or assets."
Reporting fraud, waste and abuse is the right thing to do!
We strive to promote a culture of integrity, accountability, and transparency throughout the City of Albuquerque in order to safeguard and preserve the public trust.
The Office of Inspector General will accomplish this mission by preventing, detecting, deterring and investigating fraud, waste and abuse, and promoting the efficiency and effectiveness in the programs and operations of the City of Albuquerque
What to Know
Learn more about fraud.
What is a Fraud?
Any knowing deception designed to unlawfully deprive a governmental agency of something of value or to secure a benefit, privilege, allowance, or consideration to which an individual is not entitled. Such practice include, but are not limited to offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements; submitting false claims; falsifying records; arranging for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions; and conspiring to use any of these devices. The term also includes conflict of interest cases and criminal activity.
What is Waste?
The extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of Government funds, or the consumption of government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions.
What is Abuse?
The intentional or improper use of Governmental resources, such as; misuse of position and authority, or the misuse of tools, vehicles, or office equipment.
Information was brought to our attention by the Chief Building Official for the Building and Safety Division of the Planning Department regarding allegations of impropriety by a former City Residential Building Inspector with the department. Information surfaced that the former inspector issued several inspection approval tags for a local restaurant job in which he had also performed most of the (unlicensed) plumbing work.
A recent City of Albuquerque, Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation established that a City vendor hired to provide cash management and armored car services, which includes pick-up and deposit of the fares collected via City buses may have potentially defrauded the City for a significant loss of monies intended for deposit for the City of Albuquerque’s Transit Department.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint concerning the Department of Family and Community Services. The complainant expressed concerns that the Health and Social Services Centers -- namely John Marshall and East Central -- were not donating items to the community, as they should, and that center employees were keeping some of the items.
The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) was contacted by Councilor Dan Lewis on April 25, 2014, requesting an investigation. Councilor Lewis requested that the OIG look into the actions of the former Albuquerque Police Chief to determine whether or not the Former Chief violated the City’s Conflict of Interest Ordinance in his dealings with TASER International, Inc. (“TASER”). In addition, Councilor Lewis asked that the OIG investigate whether the Former Chief used his influence to assist TASER in its dealings with the City.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning several issues involving the Concessionaires at the City of Albuquerque’s four (4) golf courses. This investigation was predicated upon a complaint brought to our office by an individual seeking protection under the Whistleblower Ordinance.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning fraudulent payments made to a personal Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (WA) account by a City employee. The investigation was predicated upon information received by the Internal Audit Director that was forwarded to the OIG.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning shortages of money that occurred at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. This investigation was predicated upon information received from a City of Albuquerque, Treasury Supervisor.
A complaint was brought forth relating to recycling carts recently purchased by SWMD for the current recycling program and citywide rollout of carts. The complaint alleged that there were 5,000 extra recycling carts purchased unnecessarily, which are going unused.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation concerning a Department of Family and Community Services (DFCS) employee for alleged misuse of City time during the employee’s work hours. This investigation was predicated upon an email received from a City Council member’s office.
On November 4, 2011, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was notified that Tran2 wanted to speak with us about possibly helping with an investigation of an alleged accident.
On May 4, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by Tige Watson, Deputy Chief with the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD), regarding the possible misuse of fuel cards by an AFD mechanic.
On March 23, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by Risk Manager, Peter Ennen, regarding a City bus collision that occurred on March 21, 2012.
On or about March 1, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by Peter Ennen, Risk Management regarding some issues concerning a Department of Senior Affairs (DSA) employee, which involved case management issues and possible falsification of documents contained in his cases.
Request for Investigation into the expenditures and actions of the Director of the Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA)
On March 8, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by a City Treasury Supervisor regarding a discrepancy in a Water Utility Authority bill.
On January 12, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was contacted by City Treasurer, Cilia Aglialoro regarding missing monies from the Albuquerque Fire Department.
On August 29, 2011, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) met with an employee of the Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD). This employee requested confidentiality and sought the protection of the Whistleblower Policy.
On January 6, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) received information via the ESA 311 tipline regarding the fraudulent use of a credit card belonging to a patron of ABQ BioPark.
On October 27, 2011, Robert Caswell Investigation (RCI) was assigned by the City of Albuquerque, Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) Director, Barbara Baca, to conduct an investigation regarding an allegation of possible violence in the workplace involving PRD1.
On October 27, 2011, Robert Caswell Investigations (RCI) was assigned by the Albuquerque City Parks and Recreation Director, Barbara Baca, to conduct an investigation regarding an allegation involving PRD1, Park Maintenance Worker III, Park Management Division.
On November 3, 2011, DFAS Employee #1 was interviewed regarding an alleged release of RFP confidential information.
On August 1, 2011, the City Council for the City of Albuquerque unanimously voted on OC-11-27 to formally request an impartial and thorough investigation into the events related to the single car accident of July 6, 2011 involving Kathleen White, wife of former Director of Public Safety DPS.
The Office of Inspector General (“IG”) conducted an investigation concerning Family and Community Services Department (“FCSD”) employees‟ alleged misconduct by falsifying documentation to receive financial help through the Public Service Company of New Mexico‟s (PNM) Good Neighbor Fund (“GNF”).
The Office of Internal Audit (OIA) conducted an investigation concerning shift trades by Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) employees.
The Office of Internal Audit (OIA) conducted an investigation concerning possible unauthorized changes to time records in the TeleStaff scheduling system (TeleStaff) maintained by the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD).
12-15-10 - 10-205 - Final Investigation Report - Payroll Irregularities - Department of Finance and Administrative Services
The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) conducted an investigation concerning possible undocumented and/or unauthorized changes made in the payroll system.
The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (“OIAI”) conducted an investigation concerning an allegation of possible misuse of Purchase-cards (“P-Card”) at the City of Albuquerque (“City”) Aviation Department (“AD” or “Department”).
10-06-10 - 09-208 - Final Investigation Report - Albuquerque Recovery Program - Department of Family and Community Services
The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) conducted an investigation concerning allegations of misuse of City of Albuquerque (City) property and possible time card violations at the Albuquerque Recovery Program (ARP), a program within the Department of Family and Community Services (DFCS).
The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (“OIAI”) conducted an investigation concerning an allegation of possible misappropriation of cash assets at the City of Albuquerque Aviation Department (“AD” or “Department”). This investigation was predicated upon a call to OIAI.