State Senator wants incentives for whistleblowers to prevent fraud

Unfortunately, Utah has the distinction of being called the fraud capitol of the nation. Just this week, three people were arrested in a fraud case that involved almost 50 victims and fraudulent transactions totaling $48,000 in losses.State Senator Ben McAdams, D-District 2, says he plans to sponsor legislation that would help reduce the number of fraud cases in Utah. He says one provision would provide for whistleblowers to be rewarded. On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, McAdams said one requirement would be that it would have to be new and original information.”You want to have people beating down the doors of investigators to bring forward this information,” McAdams said. “If somebody else has already provided the information then it’s too late. We’ll also do things like, it can’t be things like you find in a newspaper or other publicly available information. “Another restriction that I’m going to put on it that I think is important, is that the person bringing forward the information can’t be someone that’s been convicted in the commission of the crime.”McAdams said a whistleblower could not be profiting from a crime they were being convicted of.

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