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Seminars Focus on Theme of Best Practices to Prevent Waste, Fraud and Abuse

FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni and State Comptroller Philip James Degnan have teamed up for a series of seminars aimed at educating municipal and school officials. The seminars focus on the types of crime, fraud and waste their respective offices have seen and offer suggestions and ideas for prevention of such activity and protection of taxpayer dollars.

“This is a unique partnership in the State as we are the only County providing these seminars to local officials in conjunction with the State Comptroller’s Office. Our goal is to provide ‘best practices’ information to municipal and school officials on how to prevent crime, fraud, waste and abuse in governmental operations; and to ensure strong internal controls exist to help maintain fiscal integrity and responsibility,” Gramiccioni said.

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Members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Financial Crimes, Public Corruption and Computer Crimes Units teamed up with colleagues from the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller to put on the seminars entitled “Best Practices for Municipalities and School Districts to Prevent Crime, Fraud, Waste and Abuse.” The seminars kicked off on Wednesday, September 14, with sessions in the morning and afternoon, and repeated again this morning, Friday, September 16. Each session was attended by about 50 people, including mayors, town administrators, information technology directors, school superintendents and administrators, board of education members and other public officials.

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The presentation topics include how to avoid conflicts of interest, contractor management, legal billing, and overtime & compensation time. Staff from both offices used recent problematic cases as part of their discussions and placed the emphasis on the compliance of rules and regulations by government officials.

Best Practices 3The Office of the State Comptroller, an independent State agency, serves the public by conducting audits and investigations of government agencies throughout New Jersey. The Office also reviews government contracts and works to detect and prevent Medicaid Fraud. The Office strives to enhance the efficiency and transparency of government and to ensure public funds are spent effectively and efficiently.

The Financial Crimes Unit and Public Corruption Unit at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office investigates and prosecutes criminal conduct within Monmouth County committed by public officials at the municipal, county and state levels of government.

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