Office of Quality Compliance & Review
Fraud Awareness - Begins With You
Did You Know?
Fraud Awareness begins with citizens, contractors and employees being vigilant and reporting suspected fraud. We cannot be successful without your help.
A. Responsibilities of Agencies, Directors and Employees
1. Reporting of Information
Every state officer or employee in an Agency shall
report promptly to the Inspector General any information
concerning waste, corruption, fraud, conflicts of
interest or abuse by another state officer, employee or
vendor relating to his or her employment. The knowing
failure of any officer or employee to so report shall be
cause for discipline, up to and including discharge. The
knowing provision of false information to the Inspector
General by any officer or employee shall be cause for
discipline, up to and including discharge. Any officer
or employee who in good faith acts pursuant to this
paragraph by reporting to the Inspector General improper
governmental action shall not be subject to dismissal,
discipline or other adverse personnel action.
2. Duty to Cooperate
a. Each Agency and every officer and employee,
shall cooperate with, and provide assistance to, the
Inspector General and her or his staff in the
performance of any investigation. In particular,
each Agency shall make its premises, equipment,
personnel, books, records, and papers readily
available to the Inspector General. The Inspector
General or his/her staff may enter upon the premises
of any Agency at any time, without prior
announcement, if necessary to the successful
completion of an investigation. In the course of an
investigation, the Inspector General may question
any officer or employee serving in, and any other
person transacting business with, the Agency, and
may inspect and copy any books, records, or papers
in the possession of the Agency, including those
made confidential by law, taking care to preserve
the confidentiality of information contained in
responses to questions or books, records, or papers
that is made confidential by law.
b. The Inspector General may compel any employee
in an Agency to truthfully answer questions
concerning any matter related to the performance of
his or her official duties. If so compelled, no
statement or other evidence derived there from may
be used against such employee in any subsequent
criminal prosecution other than for perjury or
contempt arising from such testimony. The refusal of
any employee to answer questions if compelled to do
so shall be cause for discipline, up to and
Protection from Retaliation
No officer, employee or appointee in any Agency shall
retaliate against, punish, or penalize any person for
complaining to, cooperating with, or assisting the Inspector
General in the performance of her or his duties. Any officer,
employee or appointee who violates this provision shall be
subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.
Major Fraud Investigations conducted by IDOT and Federal Authorities
6 year investigation conducted by IDOT auditors, USDOT
Office of Inspector General and FBI lead to the conviction of 4
individuals involved in construction fraud.
Shah Engineering, Inc.
During a routine audit of Shah Engineering, Inc., IDOT auditors discovered a multifaceted scheme to launder money and inflate labor and overhead expenses. Following a 2 year investigation by IDOT auditors, USDOT
Office of Inspector General, FBI and the US Attorney’s Office in
Springfield, Manu Shah was convicted and sentenced to 41 months
in prison and required to pay back $10.5 million in fines and
restitution to 11 different agencies.
African American Contractors Association
During an audit of an IDOT contractor, IDOT auditors found that the contractor was fraudulently billing for business plans that they were allegedly creating for small DBE firms. Omar Shareef, President of AACA, was sentenced to 19 months in prison and ordered to pay back $164,000 following his fraud conviction.
Robert G. Sullinger/ Great Plains Advertising, LLC
A routine review by Division of Traffic Safety personnel of supporting documentation for project billings lead to further audit and investigation of Great Plains Advertising, LLC. It was found that the firm submitted false billings and overstated the number of billboards it produced for drunk driving campaigns. On March 30, 2009, Robert Sullinger, owner of Great Plains Advertising, was sentenced in federal court to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay over $500,000 in restitution.
Common Fraud Schemes
|Bid Rigging & Collusion
||Contractors misrepresent that they are competing against each other when they actually agree to cooperate on the winning bid to increase job profit.
||A contractor misrepresents how much construction material was used on a job in order to be paid for more material than was actually used.
||A contractor misrepresents the distribution of employee labor in order to charge for more work hours, or a higher overhead rate to increase profit.
||A contractor misrepresents the type or quality of product used in order to reduce costs for construction materials.
|Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Fraud
A contractor misrepresents who performed the work in order to appear to be in compliance with contract goals for involvement of minority/women-owned businesses.
|Quality-Control Testing Fraud
||A contractor misrepresents the results of quality control tests in order to limit costs or increase profits, earn contract incentives, or avoid project shutdown.
||A contractor compensates a government official in exchange for obtaining contracts or permitting overcharges.
||A contractor misrepresents the cost of performing work by secretly paying a fee for being awarded the contract and, therefore, inflating the cost to the government.
|ARRA WhistleBlowers - Know your rights
||Whistleblowers who report fraud, abuse or mismanagement on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects are protected from retaliation by management