Fraud Prevention Ethics Hotline

This is not a section for general complaints. General complaints can be reported by calling 619-686-6200.

About Fraud, Abuse and Waste Reporting

The Port of San Diego is committed to protecting the organization, its operations, its employees and its assets against fraud, abuse and waste. A constructive culture requires integrity in the administration of the Port's resources to ensure public trust. Fraud, abuse and waste are contrary to a constructive culture and will not be tolerated.

The hotline was established to provide the Port with an easy and efficient method to report allegations of misconduct.

  • To report by phone, call: 888-203-8330
  • To report online, visit EthicsPoint

Please review the Port's Code of Ethics and Fraud Prevention Policy (PDF).

If you are aware of an issue that may be deemed an act of misconduct, please voice your concerns. The information provided will be processed by EthicsPoint, an independent third-party provider. EthicsPoint will provide the Port with information provided in the report.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent provided by law.

The Port of San Diego will not retaliate, nor will it tolerate any retaliation against those, who, in good faith, report suspected ethics violations or who participate in an investigation of suspected ethics violations.

What Constitutes Fraud, Abuse and Waste?**

Fraud

Definition: An act of intentional deception, resulting in a loss to the Port of San Diego and/or gain (financial and/or other benefits) as a result.

  • Falsifying financial records (checks, drafts, promissory notes and securities) to conceal the theft of funds.
  • Misappropriation of Port furniture, fixtures and equipment to conceal theft.
  • Soliciting or accepting a bribe or kickback.
  • Falsifying employee information or claims for reimbursement of expenses.
  • Any computer related activity involving the alteration, destruction, forgery, or manipulation of data for fraudulent purposes.
  • Intentionally misrepresenting the costs of goods and services provided by the Port.

Abuse

Definition: Intentional or unintentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of Port resources.

  • Making procurement or vendor selections that are contrary to existing Port policies.
  • Unauthorized use of Port vehicles.
  • Misuse of a Port employee's position to influence a Port decision.
  • Accepting gifts or gratuities by Port employees that are contrary to the Port's Code of Ethics.
  • Making travel choices that are contrary to existing Port travel policies.

Waste

Definition: Unnecessary or excessive expenses incurred due to mismanagement of Port resources and property.

  • Purchase of unneeded supplies or equipment.
  • Purchase of goods at inflated prices.

**Fraud, Abuse, and Waste at the Port are not limited to these examples.

Non-Fraud Related Complaints

For complaints other than fraud, abuse or waste, call 619-686-6200, and your concerns will be forwarded to the appropriate department within the Port.

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