Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Schenectady County government is committed to eliminating fraud, waste and abuse and maintaining a highly ethical environment throughout our organization. Employees are encouraged to utilize the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Reporting System to alert the County Manager’s Office and County Auditor’s Office of possible wrongdoings.

The Fraud, Waste and Abuse Reporting System should be used to report the following:

  • Theft of County assets (property or money)
  • Misuse of County assets
  • Conflicts of interest

The Fraud, Waste and Abuse Reporting System should not be used to report the following:

  • Personnel grievances (salaries, discrimination, workplace conditions, etc.). These issues should be reported in accordance with the applicable bargaining unit contract.
  • Sexual harassment complaints. These complaints should be reported to the County Manager’s Office in accordance with the County Sexual Harassment Policies & Procedures.

Schenectady County Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention Policy

You may remain anonymous when filing a report or you may ask that your identity be kept confidential. If you request that your identity remain confidential, your identity will only be disclosed to the individuals assigned to review your complaint. Keep in mind that it may be more difficult to investigate the allegation if you do not identify yourself in your report, as it may be necessary to ask you for additional information.

How To Report Fraud, Waste Or Abuse

Schenectady County offers several ways for employees to report allegations of fraud, waste or abuse:

  • Via the County Website: 
The County website includes: a) an online form which can be completed and submitted electronically; and b) a downloadable form which can be printed, completed, and mailed of faxed to the County Manager’s Office and/or County Auditor’s Office.
  • Via telephone:
518-388-4355 or 518-388-4358
  • Via fax:
  • Via mail/in person:
Attn: Fraud, Waste, Abuse
620 State Street – Sixth Floor
Schenectady, NY 12305

What Is Considered To Be Fraud, Waste Or Abuse?

Possible violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Theft or misappropriation of County resources
  • Falsification or tampering with government records such as time cards, travel vouchers, etc.
  • Corruption or official misconduct, including misuse of County information, conflicts of interest, or offering or accepting bribes
  • Personal use of County-owned vehicles, equipment or supplies
  • Conducting personal business on County time
  • Improper use or spending of County tax dollars
  • Violations of County procurement policy or contract fraud
  • Tampering with government records
  • Noncompliance with applicable rules, laws and regulations
  • Misuse or abuse of time during work hours
  • Negligence in the care and handling of County property, intentional abuse or destruction of County property, theft of County property or another employee's property.

Be Reasonably Certain Of Allegations!

Before making an allegation of fraud, waste or abuse, be reasonably certain of any claims. False allegations can have serious and negative impacts. They can also damage reputations. Schenectady County takes seriously our responsibility for integrity, credibility and sensitivity to employee needs.

Retaliation and retribution against any employee who reports suspected fraud, waste or abuse will not be tolerated. However, if an employee is determined to have acted maliciously or with deceit, the employee will be subject to disciplinary action.

Please be assured that claims will be thoroughly investigated. Parties that could be involved include the County Auditor’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, local police jurisdiction and/or the District Attorney’s office.