Before May 4, trying to find records of fraud complaints against public offices involved dealing with a maze of dead ends. There was no guarantee that fraud complaints were investigated.
That changed when a new online database in the state auditor’s office went live because House Bill 66 required it.
“This law makes sure public employees and all Ohioans have a safe place to tell someone when something is wrong,” said auditor David Yost.
The new system is intended to make it easier for Ohioans to report fraud, theft or other infractions when they suspect public officials are violating the public trust. The law includes whistle-blower protections for civil services employees who use the system, including a right to appeal retaliatory actions.