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New "whistleblower" hotline to root out government fraud, corruption

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced a new effort Wednesday to crack down on corruption and fraud in Memphis city government. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced a new effort Wednesday to crack down on corruption and fraud in Memphis city government.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced a new effort Wednesday to crack down on corruption and fraud in Memphis city government.

The mayor's office distributed whistles to announce the creation of a new "whistleblower" hotline to root out government fraud, waste, and abuse.

The new hotline is primarily meant for city employees to anonymously "blow the whistle" on ethical or criminal concerns.  A phone number and web-based application will be available to the public as well.

Once received, each confidential tip will be reviewed by the city's internal auditors.

Wharton talked about recent issues in several divisions, including animal services.  He said he believes most city employees work above board.

"The vast majority of city employees get to work every day, stay late every day, come to work with their lunch pails, leave with their lunch pails," said Wharton.  "But unfortunately, as we've seen, we have a few whose compasses don't point directly due north."

Examples of behaviors the city wants reported include theft, fraud, discrimination, and drug abuse.  The new hotline is part of the priorities announced during the mayor's state of the city address.

Reports can be made my calling (877) 918-2055 or by visiting this website.

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