Fraud hot line sees about 100 reports

Wednesday, July 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Keating's hot line for alleged waste and fraud within state government is staying busy. The governor's office says the hot line has fielded roughly 100 reports since it was established two weeks ago.

Keating spokesman Phil Bacharach says about half the calls alleged some state employees weren't working enough by coming in late or leaving early.

Bacharach also says a third of the reports deal with allegations of ghost employees or employees who had jobs specially created for them through cronyism. The reports are being forwarded to the appropriate Cabinet secretaries and agency heads for assessment. Those assessments would then be made available to various agency boards and commissions. The scandal at the state Health Department, including corruption and ghost employees - led Keating to announce the new Waste and Fraud Hotline on June 28th.