What is Investigations and Audit Support?
The Investigations and Audit Support (IAS) team's mission is to improve the accountability
of government by investigating allegations of impropriety and illegal acts affecting
IAS consists of experienced professional investigators including:
- Certified Fraud Examiners
- Digital Forensics Examiners
- Certified Forensics Interviewers
- Investigative Researchers
- Investigative Analysts
- Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Peace Officers
- Certified Government Auditing Professionals
Depending on the type of fraud complaints received, IAS may coordinate investigative
work with the following entities:
- Internal auditors and/or investigative groups
- State and/or Federal prosecutors
- Law enforcement agencies at the city, county, state, and/or federal levels
What types of crimes does the Investigations and Audit Support team investigate?
Criminal offenses investigated by IAS include but are not limited to:
- Tampering with governmental record
- Securing execution of document by deception
- Misapplication of fiduciary property
- Conversion of funds
- Gift to public servant by a person subject to his or her jurisdiction
- Breach of computer security
- Organized crime
- Money laundering
Section 31.03 of the Texas Penal Code increases penalties for thefts committed by public servants. Specifically, if the person committing the theft is defined as a public servant at the time of the offense, and if the stolen property came into the person's possession by virtue of his or her position, the punishment increases to the next highest category.
SAO Legal Authority
According to Section 321 of the Texas Government Code,
the State Auditor's Office is authorized to investigate specific acts or allegations
of impropriety, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in the obligation, expenditure, receipt,
or use of state funds associated with state agencies, colleges, or universities.
How to Report Fraud and Abuse
State Auditor's Office
P.O. Box 12067
Austin, TX 78711
All reports of fraud, waste, and abuse are held in confidence. However, callers
may choose to remain anonymous. When reporting fraud or abuse, please provide as
much detail as possible so that appropriate action can be taken.
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