A tip to the Auditor’s Office Fraud Hotline alleged that employees in grant-funded positions performed work unrelated to the grant and submitted inaccurate time sheets, and that supervisors were aware, but did not effectively investigate or remedy the concern. In response to the report, the Police Bureau created a committee to meet quarterly to review all grants, identify compliance issues, and notify the Assistant Chief of the Services Branch if it is unable to resolve any issues. The Bureau also said that it will review unbilled grant expenses to determine if it can seek more reimbursement.
Fraud Hotline report: Police Bureau put money that could have been used for other City priorities at risk when it failed to remedy concerns about grant funds
The Police Bureau risked spending more than $400,000 in General Fund money instead of federal grant funds because it did not heed warnings that the Sex Crimes Unit was out of compliance with grant requirements.