City Auditor releases third Fraud and Waste Annual Report

This post, from February 17, has information on the City Auditor’s third annual Fraud and Waste report.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton is continuing to take fraud and money waste seriously as the City Auditor released the second Fraud and Waste Annual Report.

For more details, please continue reading below…

City Auditor Charles Brown detailed 107 complaints his office received between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 – the highest number ever received by Brown’s office.

The Fraud and Waste Hotline is for the general public, City staff, and those doing business with the City where they can report suspected fraud, waste or wrongdoing involving City resources. It is a confidential and anonymous service run by an independent third party which can be accessed by phone or online. The service is available 24/7.

Hamilton councillors approved the pilot program in June 2018.

This year’s report, which covers July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, fielded 107 reports received with 64% coming from employees and 36% from the public.

Instances of fraud included:

An accessible transit (DARTS) subcontractor that maintained part of the fleet was sending vehicles back on the road in an unsafe condition. The auditor found that nearly half of the vehicles failed inspections and had issues with brakes, tires and steering, among others. 

A manager working for the City of Hamilton who was overseeing major capital projects didn’t disclose that two family members worked for firms each involved in a dozen projects – projects that were worth about $95 million.

18 iPads belonging to the city had “gone missing,” which was reported to police. The city did a review of how its IT department manages its assets and four iPads were recovered.

The complete Fraud and Waste Report can be found here.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.

Councillor John-Paul Danko