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Preventing & Detecting Fraud
The program has taken a number of steps to prevent fraud, including limiting the number of rebates per person and requiring that only consumers, not retailers, apply for and receive these funds via individual, not batch submissions. Please be aware that retailers are not allowed to submit for a reservation on behalf of a consumer.
The rebate application process identifies fraud through a variety of methods, including manual and automated detection. By reviewing each application physically, potential fraud is detected within application materials such as checking for evidence of post-dating invoices or applications. Automated fraud detection is a more robust process, comparing applications against the database and specific program rules. Applications found to be fraudulent will be disqualified.
Allegations of Fraud
If there are allegations that funds have been paid out due to fraud, the correct response will depend on the particular allegations in each case that may arise, and the Comptroller's office will work through our Criminal Investigations Division to determine the appropriate course of action. In the most severe cases, there may be violations of federal laws, including mail and wire fraud and making false statements to obtain federal funds, as well as violations of state criminal statutes including theft, forgery, or tampering with a government record. In some cases, the Criminal Investigations Division may partner with federal authorities, including the FBI and the Department of Justice, depending on factors relevant to those agencies. In all cases involving fraud, every effort will be made to get the money back.
Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse
Should you suspect scams and frauds related to the Recovery Act, the following sources can shed light on current scams in use and the various places for you to file complaints.
- Reporting fraud, waste, or abuse in use of Recovery Funds:
Recovery.gov - Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse
- Reporting fraud, waste, or abuse in use of Federal Funds:
Government Accountability Office (GAO) FraudNET
- Reporting fraud, waste, or abuse in use of State Funds:
Texas State Auditor's Office (SAO) Fraud Web Site or SAO Hotline at (800) TX-AUDIT