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Anonymous Fraud Reporting

Anonymous Fraud Reporting

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Important note: The hotline and online form reporting is NOT a 911 system to report immediate threats to life or property nor is it to report issues such as bullying, or other campus or department issues where a reporting process already exists.

This reporting system is meant to gather information on the following situations involving district operations:

  • Accounting, auditing and internal financial controls issues – where policies and procedures are not being followed
  • Embezzlement – theft of funds belonging to the employer (MISD in this case)
  • Falsification of contracts – changing documents in order to take advantage and deceive
  • Fraud – deliberate deception to obtain personal gain or deprive a victim of a legal right
  • Theft of property – where district property is involved

Your identity will be kept anonymous. If you wish to identify yourself, you are protected from retaliation — by law. Fill out a simply form online or call the hotline — all anonymously.

 Online Submission Form

Or call 833-460-0009 to speak with a representative.

Questions & Answers

Mesquite ISD has established a fraud hotline through Light House Services for the purposes of anonymous reports of suspected fraud and unlawful behavior within the district. While an employee has every opportunity to report to their direct supervisor any issue they observe under existing district procedures, an additional manner to report in confidence certain types of issues (see above) provides employees with an opportunity to escalate an issue when they might not otherwise. The Light House Services process does not capture phone numbers or internet addresses when information is submitted. More information on this Hotline process is available under Regulation CAA. 

 The district takes these issues very seriously and will research them and act with all diligence. Whistle blower protections against retaliation by the district apply to this hotline reporting. However, the use of this hotline to falsely report information to cause harm to others reputations will likewise be taken seriously to the extent of district and legal remedies

Fraud and Internal Controls

All MISD personnel are tasked with fiscal diligence with District resources and in the event fraud is suspected it should be immediately reported to District administrators. The Internal Audit department manages an Anonymous Fraud Reporting Process provided by a third party vendor. The Lighthouse platform allows phone, fax and web reporting of potentially fraudulent activity observed by staff, or by persons with business dealings with the District. See below for more information and a link to report fraud. 

Mesquite ISD policy holds that All Trustees, employees, vendors, contractors, agents, consultants, volunteers, and any other parties who are involved in the District's financial transactions shall act with integrity and diligence in duties involving the District's fiscal resources.

While the District is required to have its’ core financial statements audited by qualified External Auditing personnel, the District has also chosen to employ an Internal Auditor to perform financial, operational and efficiency audits and reviews of campus and support and administrative functions.  The Internal Auditor is hired and reports to the Board of Trustees via the Audit Committee.  Audit plans and actions as submitted by the Internal Auditor are reviewed with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services and approved by the Audit Committee. The operations of the Internal Audit Function are set out by an Internal Audit Charter as created by the Internal Audit department and approved by the Audit Committee.

The Internal Audit Department studies and reports on internal control compliance and risk as part of scheduled audits and ad hoc matters as they may be discovered.  Internal Audit operates independent of any operational department as is customary with Auditing and Accounting Associations.

Brian Hokanson has served as Internal Auditor since August 2017.  Phone 972 882 7566.  Suite 204 3819 Towne Crossing Blvd. Mesquite, 75150.