Fraud, Waste, & Abuse

What is Fraud?

Misappropriation of College property, funds, supplies; The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) defines fraud as an intentional misrepresentation of the truth or concealment of a material fact to induce another to act to his or her detriment. Consequently, fraud includes any intentional or deliberate act to deprive another of property or money by guile, deception, or other unfair means. Dishonest or fraudulent activities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Forgery or inappropriate alteration of checks, drafts, promissory notes, or securities;
  • Forgery or inappropriate alterations of employee benefit or salary-related items such as time cards, billings, claims, etc.;
  • Forgery or falsification of any South Texas College document;
  • Acceptance or solicitation of any gift, favor, or service that might reasonably tend to influence the employee in the discharge of his or her official duties;
  • Willful and unauthorized destruction of records, furniture, or equipment.

Protection from Retaliation: It is the policy of South Texas College not to retaliate against those who report suspected wrongdoing: Policy on Employee Rights and Privileges.

How to Report Fraud:

If you have knowledge or suspicion of fraud committed by an employee of South Texas College, the Office of Internal Audits will investigate and may report it to the proper authorities if necessary.

To report fraud, phone our office at 956-872-6709 or contact the Internal Auditor, at Please be prepared to provide the following:

  • A complete description of the alleged fraud;
  • Party or parties involved, if known;
  • Dollar amount, if known; and
  • Any other information you believe may assist in our investigation

You may also report fraud anonymously to the South Texas College Fraud & Ethics Hotline at 1-800-482-5158.

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