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Preventing Fraud

Our goal at the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) is to help you prevent, detect and report fraud in your government.

Establish internal control systems

To help prevent fraud of government funds or property, establish effective internal controls. The following resources will help you understand how to create, implement and evaluate internal controls in your organization.

Internal Controls Assessment Tools downloads

Internal Control guidebooks

  • Download Internal Control Guidebook (PDF) »
    • Developed by the NASC Multi-State Consortium on Internal Control, in cooperation with the SAO, this comprehensive guidebook introduces government employees to the principles of internal controls. It also includes a series of questionnaires to help management evaluate their controls, especially in mid-size or large governments.

Free training on fraud detection and reporting for local governments

  • Fraud: Detection and Deterrence (eLearning runs 40:00)
    • Includes a brief overview of the most common types of fraud schemes, their associated red flags and suggested internal controls.

Additional resources to help combat fraud

  • Go to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Publications
    • The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and a leading provider of anti-fraud training and education. The association’s 65,000 members work together to reduce business fraud worldwide while inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

If you have any questions, please contact us at fraud@sao.wa.gov.

What to do if you suspect fraud

Visit our reporting fraud in government page to learn more.