Phx Union District Implements a Fraud Reporting System

Posted by Community Relations at 9/10/2015

Phoenix Union High School District has implemented a Fraud Reporting System that can be used by employees or citizens who suspect that fraudulent activity is occurring within the District. It is believed to be the first Fraud Reporting System instituted by an Arizona school district.

The system will record tips and information via telephone at (602) 764-1511 or a District website page at www.phoenixunion.org/reportfraud . Information received will be confidential and can be reported anonymously. However, enough information should be provided so that an appropriate investigation can be conducted by Phoenix Union auditors.

The following are examples of fraud or financial abuse that may be reported on this system:
1. Employees being paid for time not earned
2. Funds collected by employees but not remitted to the District
3. District credit cards used for personal reasons
4. District property used for personal use, or for theft.
5. Vendor conflicts of interest
“This is an effort to protect Phoenix Union funding and taxpayer interests, thus strengthening public trust and confidence in the integrity of our work,” Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Sherry Celaya said.

A recent study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners showed that organizations with fraud reporting systems cut their fraud losses by approximately 50%, preserving money for schools and students.