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Welcome to The Office of Enforcement - Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Prevention
The goal of the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Prevention (Fraud Prevention) Unit is to deter claimants and contractors from submitting false, misleading, or inflated invoices to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (UST Cleanup Fund). The Fraud Prevention Unit investigates and develops cases to refer to the State Attorney General's Office or other prosecutorial agencies for criminal and/or civil prosecution. In addition, the State Water Resources Control Board has the authority to prosecute cases administratively. Misrepresentations submitted to the UST Cleanup Fund by a claimant or consultant in a report, certification, application, invoice, or other document are subject to fines of up to $500,000 for each violation; disqualification of claimants and consultants from further participation in the UST Cleanup Fund; and liability for enforcement and prosecution costs.
Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Enforcement - If you think someone is committing potential fraud or misusing Fund monies, it is important to let us know about it. All allegations of potential fraud are taken seriously, and you can remain anonymous. Please include as much information as possible.
Contact us if you think . . .
- someone is misusing Fund monies for personal gain;
- someone is intentionally misleading the Fund for financial gain;
- someone is taking some benefit to “look the other way”; or
- you're not sure if you should call to report suspicions.
Options for reporting fraud. . .
- Email us at ReportFraud@waterboard.ca.gov
- Call our toll free message line at 1-855-263-0863
- Contact the Office of Enforcement at (916) 341-5869
More information on the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund
Disqualified Businesses and Persons
Policies & Guidelines
- SB 445 SIGNED INTO LAW New Safeguards in Place to Fight Fraud
- Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Fraud Prevention Factsheet
- Settlement of Negligence Dispute Bars L.A.-Based Storage Tank Cleanup Firm from Working with the State Water Board
- State Water Board Settles Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Claims Related to Alleged Contractor Negligence, False Information
- Former San Bernardino County Business Owner to Pay $125,000, Banned from Underground Storage Tank Program
- State Water Board Bans 100 Shell Oil Company Underground Storage Tank Sites from Cleanup Fund
- State Water Board Settles Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Cases with 4 AEG Clients
- State Water Board Launches Webpage Listing Businesses Disqualified From Working With the Board Due to Fraud
- Placer County Firm to Pay $200,000, Cease All Cleanup Work for Alleged Abuses of Underground Storage Tank Fund
- Hanover Environmental to Pay $350,000 In Penalties; Debarred From Any State Water Board Work
- State Water Board Settles Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Cases with 5 PW Environmental Clients
- State Water Board Files Complaint Against Ami Adini & Associates Alleging Negligent Misrepresentation, a Type of Fraud, Against Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund
- PW Environmental Pleads No Contest to Grand Theft Charge for Overbilling the State Water Board
- Ninety British Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Sites Banned from Cleanup Reimbursement Following Legal Settlement
- Consultant to Serve Jail Time for Fraud against State’s UST Cleanup Fund
- State Water Board Effort to Root out Suspected Fraudulent Billings to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund – Now Permanent
- Central Valley Environmental Firm To Pay the State $75,000 to Settle Allegations of Fraud
- Ms. Kim Sellards, CFE, PG