TO: All Retirement Boards

FROM: Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director

RE: New Fraud Prevention Poster

DATE: October 9, 2015

In accordance with statutory requirements, the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) maintains a toll-free hot line for the reporting of suspected fraudulent public pension claims, payments, falsified records, and affidavits. The hot line number is 1-800-445-3266. All messages are kept confidential.

Since 1998, PERAC has promoted the hot line through poster campaigns built around various slogans: “FRAUD, It is a Big Deal”; “For All of Those Who Thought Pension Fraud Was an Invisible Crime”; “I’m Not Hurting Anyone”; “This Is A Losing Hand”; “Pension Fraud Is Stealing” and “Pension Fraud! Let’s Cut it Out!”

This year’s campaign is “Stop Pension Fraud. It is not a Game.” The poster prominently features our hotline as well as our email address for reporting any suspected fraud. We first introduced the email address, PensionFraud@per.state.ma.us four years ago and it has remained a popular means of communication for reporting suspected fraud.

We are enclosing three posters for your use. Please display them in your office and other locations in your building that provide maximum visibility. We have also enclosed three copies of a brochure that informs readers about the PERAC Fraud Prevention Unit and provides some details about various types of pension fraud. Three copies of PERAC's “Referral Report of Potential Fraud” form are provided as well. Your staff should use these forms to report instances of suspected public pension fraud to PERAC's Fraud Unit. You should also make copies of the form available to anyone else who wishes to report suspected public pension fraud.

For additional copies of the poster, brochure, or form, please feel free to contact our Communications Director, Natacha Dunker, at 617-666-4446, extension 970.

The Commission sincerely appreciates your cooperation in this endeavor.

Attachments:

PERAC’s Guide to Understanding & Preventing Pension Fraud  pdf format of PERAC’s Guide to Preventing Pension Fraud

Referral Report of Potential Fraud  pdf format of Referral Report of Potential Fraud