City Auditor: Roanoke fraud hotline getting job done - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

City Auditor: Roanoke fraud hotline getting job done

Posted: Updated:
ROANOKE, VA -

As Municipal Auditor, it's Drew Harmon's job to make sure the City of Roanoke does its job as effectively and ethically as possible.

"I hope the people in Roanoke feel like they have a responsive government," said Harmon.  "I hope they feel that the government polices itself to some degree and tries to do the right thing."

It's why his office launched a Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline last year -- giving city employees, city contractors, and members of the public an extra avenue to report any questionable calls by city staff.  Harmon says he's been pleased with the response to the hotline.

"I do think it's been an effective tool," said Harmon.

From April 2012 through September 4, 2013, the hotline received 26 total reports.  11 of them are currently under investigation by the Municipal Auditor's Office and seven of them, they determined, were substantiated.

"I do think that some of the things that have come up that we've investigated wouldn't have been brought to our attention [otherwise]," said Harmon.  "At least not as soon as they have been."

In February, a complaint filed on the hotline about time abuse in the city's Billings & Collections Department revealed some larger issues with the management there.  Following Harmon's investigation, city leaders fired one manager and relocated a second to a non-supervisory position in a different department.  Two experienced managers were then brought in to replace them.

"That one, we do feel like was good work," said Harmon.  "It helped the city in terms of looking at the structure and it helped the employees address an issue that had been out there for a little while."

To that end, Harmon says the hotline is off to a good start -- and he hopes it will continue to be effective for many more years to come.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:42:32 GMT
    Thomas Allen WinstonThomas Allen Winston
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • Update: Roanoke police investigating shooting in Schewels parking lot

    UPDATE: Roanoke police investigating shooting in Schewels parking lot

    UPDATE: Roanoke police investigating shooting in Schewels parking lot

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:19:31 GMT
     Roanoke Police are investigating after a man was shot in the Schewels parking lot on the 3600 block of Ferncliff Avenue. Police says it does not appear to be a random act. One man was shot and taken to the hospital.
     Roanoke Police are investigating after a man was shot in the Schewels parking lot on the 3600 block of Ferncliff Avenue. Police says it does not appear to be a random act. One man was shot and taken to the hospital.
  • March Mugshots

    March Mugshots

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:49:38 GMT
    Michelle Marie Bussiere was arrested last week and charged with identity theft, forgery, theft under $500, among other charges.  (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)Michelle Marie Bussiere was arrested last week and charged with identity theft, forgery, theft under $500, among other charges. (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
    This photo gallery features mugshots of individuals arrested in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. 
    This photo gallery features mugshots of individuals arrested in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. 
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.