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Report a Fraud Concern

The purpose of the OSA's Fraud Hotline is to receive reports about occupational fraud, a situation in which a state employee or contracted individual (i.e., individual acting under a contract, purchase order, or other similar agreement for the procurement of goods and services with a state agency) may be using their position or access as an employee or contractor to commit fraud against the State or others.


Click Here to Submit Your Fraud Concern Online

You may also contact the Hotline via email or phone:

What We Do With Fraud Hotline Calls

House Bill 17-1223, which went into effect on August 9, 2017, codified a framework for the Hotline that includes requirements for the screening and referral of Hotline calls to the affected state agency. Under certain circumstances, the State Auditor has statutory authority to investigate allegations reported to the Hotline.

The following diagram highlights the key steps in the OSA's process for handling Hotline calls. Click on the diagram for a more detailed description of the process:


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an anonymous report to the Hotline?

Yes. If you wish to remain anonymous, you do not have to provide details that will reveal your identity [see Section 2-3-110.5(2)(b)(I), C.R.S.]. However, anonymous reports without sufficient information generally cannot be pursued. We encourage you to provide us with your contact information for follow-up purposes, if needed.

What information do you need from me when making a report to the Hotline?

Please provide as much detail as possible so that we may properly evaluate your concern. Try to answer the basic what, who, when, where, and how questions:
WHAT - What activity occurred that you believe is inappropriate or fraudulent?
WHO - Who acted inappropriately? What is their position? Which state agency do they work for or contract with?
WHEN - When did the activity occur or take place? When did you become aware of it? Was the activity a one-time occurrence or did it take place over a period of time? Is the activity still occurring?
WHERE - Where did the activity occur or take place?
HOW - How did the issue come to your attention? Did you observe it, or did you hear about it from someone else?

Do I have any protections when making a report to the Hotline?

The State or an entity under contract with a state agency are prohibited from retaliating against any employee who makes a report of information to the Hotline. However, such protections do not extend to those situations in which the employee makes a report to the Hotline with disregard for the truth or falsity of the information being reported. See Sections 24-50.5-103 and 24-114-102, C.R.S., for more details.

Is the information I report to the Hotline confidential?

All workpapers prepared or maintained by the State Auditor in connection with Hotline calls, which includes reports made to the Hotline, must be held as strictly confidential and not for public release. Workpapers prepared or maintained by the State Auditor in connection with Hotline calls are not subject to the Colorado Open Records Act. However, these restrictions on public access to information do not prevent the OSA from providing information to law enforcement or other parties responsible for taking action to respond to fraud allegations. See Section 2-3-110.5(2)(f)(II), C.R.S., for more details.

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