Inspector General Department
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The Inspector General Department is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) and has been peer reviewed by the Association of Inspectors General (AIG). 
Accreditation and peer review programs have long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Independent reviewing authority ensures that the Department has met specific requirements and conforms to professional standards.
The overarching duty of the Department encompasses prevention and detection of fraud, waste, and abuse; efficient and effective use of public resources; and promotion of public integrity.

The Department has the authority and responsibility to: 

  • Perform internal audits and fraud, waste and abuse investigations of the operations and financial records of Lee County Government agencies, departments and employees that are under the direct authority of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Lee County Port Authority (LCPA), and Lee County Clerk of Court & Comptroller (LCCC). The team reviews for compliance with rules, laws, and agency goals and objectives. 

  • Perform enhanced guardianship audits and investigations, when indications of alleged fraud, waste, abuse, and financial mismanagement are suspected in the exploitation of the County’s most vulnerable citizens. Enhanced guardianship audits and investigations help to protect these citizens within our community; the elderly, incapacitated adults, and minor children, who are served by Florida Guardianship Law. This program supplements in a partnership with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in supporting the Court's oversight process applicable to the protection of wards' assets according to Chapter 744 of the Florida Statutes. 

  • Perform audits and enforcement investigations in support of the Lee County Tourist Development Tax. Compliance with applicable state and local tourist development tax laws ensures a fair and level playing field for those dealers who are responsible to collect and remit this valuable pass through tax to the County.  

The Inspector General Hotline provides several methods to report suspected fraud, waste, abuse, financial mismanagement, ethical misconduct, guardianship and tourist tax fraud.

 
 
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