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Taylor Praises New Law Protecting Those Who Report Abuse  
February 7, 2012 

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor today praised lawmakers for passing House Bill 66, allowing the Auditor of State to create an online fraud and abuse reporting system for state employees. Governor Kasich signed HB 66 into law on February 2, 2012. 

“In my former role as State Auditor, I worked diligently to help create legislation that would give state employees a safe vehicle for reporting fraudulent and/or abusive activity, and would allow protection for employees who file fraud and abuse reports through the auditor’s office,” said Taylor. “I’m pleased this legislation has now become law and will give those who see abuse both the means they need to share the information with the auditor’s office, and the protection they deserve.” 

Although it was not yet required by law, Taylor, in her role as Auditor, maintained a fraud hotline which provided citizens and public employees with several ways to anonymously report allegations of fraud, abuse or misuse of taxpayer funds.  In 2008, together with Representative Ross McGregor and Senator Mark Wagoner, Taylor introduced legislation to codify and enhance the reporting system, and to strengthen whistleblower protections for government employees who report fraudulent activities.  According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, tips are by far the most common means for detecting occupational fraud.


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