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How to file a complaint

Where we can help:

The Inspector General can investigate allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, or wrongdoing involving South Carolina State agencies and their employees in the Executive Branch of State Government (includes colleges and universities).

What we cannot do:

We cannot investigate the following:

  • Judicial Branch (courts, judges, and certain regulatory agencies),
  • State Legislature (senators and representatives and their staffs)
  • local governments (city and county governments, police departments, sheriff departments, school districts, etc.)
  • private businesses

For complaints in these areas, please consult the "Information Links" page of this website under the heading - "Other Complaint Filing Options".  If your complaint involves SNAP (food stamp) or Medicaid fraud, please also see this page for information on making those complaints directly to the agencies managing those programs.

To file a complaint with the Inspector General you must provide the following information:

  • Name of the State Agency involved.
  • Complete names, titles, addresses, and phone numbers of all individuals involved.
  • What wrongdoing occurred – please be specific.
  • When and where did it occur?
  • Are there any witnesses?  Please provide their contact information.
  • What laws, regulations, or policies were violated?
  • What other agencies have you notified of this, if any?
  • What recourse have you taken with the agency, if any?
  • Have there been any related grievances, appeals, or court actions?
  • Do you wish to remain anonymous?


    Submit your complaint to the Inspector General in any of the following ways:

    By mail:  Office of the Inspector General

                    111 Executive Center Dr.  STE 204

                    Columbia, SC  29210-8416


    By Phone:  1-855-723-7283


    PREFERRED:    Click here to complete our online complaint form

    Your contact information and confidentiality - We do accept anonymous complaints.  However, we may need to contact you for clarification or additional information, and we ask that you provide us with your contact information.  If you request confidentiality, we will keep your identity confidential.