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September 17, 2013

Hotline promoted to target corruption

NEW CASTLE — With a new school year, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton wants to focus attention on the School Corruption Hotline.

The hotline — (412) 894-7515 — rings directly in the U.S. Attorney’s Office where callers may leave their names, contact information and details regarding suspected misuse of tax dollars supporting education.

“The advent of a new school year provides the opportunity to remind citizens that they are a vital resource in helping us identify fraud and illegal activity within the school system,” Hickton said.

“We need the public to continue to provide information regarding suspected abuses, including misuse of district education funds, theft, spending irregularities, corruption in the contract and bidding process and bribery, kickbacks or other forms of collusion with outside vendors.”

Hickton encouraged callers to be as specific as possible when leaving information so the appropriate investigating agency — FBI, IRS, education department, office of the inspector general or others — is able to pursue leads.

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