For Companies & SubcontractorsRESOURCES
Fraud happens often. If you think you’ve been a victim, whether in a private project or a government-funded one, it’s important to act quickly. Protecting your rights and getting help is very important. Here are some resources that can guide you in the right direction.
1.Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
If you are uncertain about the licensing status of a company, or if you have knowledge of an entity operating without a license or fraudulently using another company's license, you can file a report and complaint through the appropriate channels. By doing so, you provide crucial information that can aid in the investigation of these unauthorized or fraudulent activities. Filing a report and complaint helps protect consumers, maintain industry standards, and promote accountability. By utilizing this avenue, you play an essential role in ensuring the integrity of licensed operations and preventing potential harm caused by unlicensed or fraudulent entities.
Beware of suspended and debarred companies as they often resort to creating DBAs or registering new companies to continue operating under different names. Exercise caution and conduct thorough research before entering into any agreements or partnerships to mitigate risks associated with such entities. Stay vigilant and notify the relevant individuals if you come across any suspicious or potentially questionable companies during your interactions.
2.Texas Attorney General's Office (AGO)
The AGO has a Consumer Protection Division that handles various consumer complaints, including those related to fraud. While they primarily focus on consumer issues, they may be able to provide guidance or refer you to the appropriate agency if the complaint involves federal funds in schools.
3.Texas Education Agency (TEA)
The TEA is the state agency responsible for overseeing public education in Texas. They have a division called the Division of Financial Compliance, which investigates complaints related to financial mismanagement and misuse of funds in schools. You can file a complaint with TEA by contacting their division or submitting a complaint through their website.
4.Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
Office of the Inspector General (OIG) - U.S. Department of Education: The OIG investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and other misconduct involving federal education funds. You can file a complaint online through their website or contact their regional office in your area.
5.Texas State Auditor's Office (SAO)
The SAO conducts audits and investigations of state agencies, including school districts, to identify fraud, waste, and abuse of funds. You can file a complaint with the SAO's Investigations Hotline, which allows anonymous reporting, or contact their office for further guidance on filing a complaint.