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Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 01/12/2012

U.S. Attorney activates ‘school corruption hotline’

The United States Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania has activated a hotline where citizens can report “suspected possible corruption in public education.”

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton wants citizens to report on potential abuses that, his office’s website says, can include “misuse of federal funds, spending irregularities, corruption in the contract and bidding process, theft and embezzlement of district funds, and bribery, kickbacks or other forms of illegal collusion with outside vendors.”

If you want to call, the number is 412-894-7515 — and you don’t have to leave your name.

The website further says:

“Uncovering and eliminating school fraud is a priority of the Department of Justice and of our office because it is fundamental to maintaining confidence in educational funding. Most fraud is exposed as a result of tips and complaints from other school employees and citizens. We look forward to working with the citizens of Western Pennsylvania to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse of public education funds.”

The Western District of Pennsylvania encompasses 25 counties in the state: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington, and Westmoreland in the Pittsburgh region; Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Venango, and Warren in the Erie region; and Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, and Somerset in the Johnstown region.

If there is another school corruption hotline in the United States, I don’t know about it. If you do, let me know.

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