From The Plain Dealer

Ohioans who witness government fraud can now report those acts through a new iPhone app unveiled Wednesday.

The free Ohio Stops Fraud app allows tipsters to call the fraud hotline in the Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office or send a report using their phones.

App users can attach photo or video evidence of the fraud to the report in addition to naming the persons and agency involved and details of where the fraud occurred. All submissions are anonymous unless the tipster leaves his or her contact information.

Investigators in the state auditor’s office follow up on tips sent through the app as they would with a report made over the phone or online.

Yost said the app was made “for anyone with eyes and an iPhone” and he envisions an army of citizen auditors reporting fraud to his office with a few swipes on their phones. A passerby who sees a county vehicle parked outside a bar on a Friday night could take a photo of the vehicle, tag the location and submit the report within minutes instead of writing down the license plate number and calling it in later.

“Now you’ve got an easy tool within just a few seconds to report it to someone who cares,” Yost said.

Work on the app was created in-house and the office paid a $99 developer fee. Yost said another could be created for Android phones in the future.

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