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Fraud, Waste and Abuse

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Inspector General

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Fraud, Waste and/or Abuse (FWA) are a drain on the time, effort and resources of the Civil Air Patrol and all of its members.  Fraud, waste or abuse can occur through an unintentional act or can occur by deliberate action.  Regardless of the intent, fraud, waste and/or abuse CANNOT be tolerated.  The definitions for Fraud, Waste and Abuse are listed below. 

If you believe you know of a potential FWA situation within the Civil Air Patrol, you should use our online Electronic Complaint Submission System at: to submit your concern directly to the Inspector General or you may email your concern to .

Online submission is preferred but if you choose to email your concern, you must include your name, phone number and a short description of the potential FWA situation which you are concerned about. This email account is constantly monitored by NHQ IGC.  All complaints and identities of complaints are confidential. All allegations will be analyzed.

Fraud is any intentional deception (including attempts and conspiracies to effect such deception) for the purpose of: inducing CAP action, inaction or reliance on that deception; depriving CAP of something of value; securing from CAP a benefit, privilege, or consideration to which the party is not entitled.  Such practices include, but are not limited to:  offer of payment, acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements, submission of false claims, use of false weights or measures, evasion or corruption of inspectors and other officials, deceit by suppression of the truth or misrepresentation of a material fact, adulteration or substitution of materials, falsification of records and books of account, arrangements for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions, and conspiracy to use any of these devices.

Waste is the extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of CAP funds or consumption of CAP property that results from deficient practices, system controls, or decisions.

Abuse is the intentional, wrongful, or improper use of CAP resources such as the misuse of rank, position, or authority that causes the loss or misuse of resources such as tools, vehicles, computers, copy machines, etc.


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