Complaints we investigate
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 public colleges and universities).
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
- individuals (who are not state government employees)
- SNAP fraud (food stamp - investigated by the Dept. of Social Services)
- Medicaid fraud (investigated by the Dept. of Health and Human Services)
For complaints involving these areas, please select the following link for Other Complaint Filing Options on our website.
If your complaint is more appropriately addressed by the agency involved, we may refer your complaint to management of that agency, and you may be contacted by the agency. In some cases we monitor the agency's progress in addressing your complaint and request a written report of the results of their investigation. We will notify you if your complaint was referred. However, if you requested confidentiality (see below), we will contact you prior to referring your complaint to request your permission.
Special Notice - Unemployment Benefit Complaints:
The Inspector General's Office is not able to resolve issues involving unemployment benefits and all such issues must be resolved by the Department of Workforce and Employment (DEW). The Inspector General's office will accept your online complaint and forward it to DEW with a request to contact you and attempt to resolve your issue. However, you must provide your contact information including mailing address, telephone number, and email along with a brief description of your issue. In addition, you must provide your DEW claimant ID or claim number. If you do not include your DEW claimant ID or claim number, we cannot forward your online complaint to DEW for resolution.
To submit an ONLINE complaint involving state government agencies in the EXECUTIVE BRANCH, click the following link: ONLINE COMPLAINT FORM
Although an online complaint submission is preferred, you may also file a complaint by telephone 1-855-723-7283 (1-855-SCFRAUD) or by mail:
Office of the Inspector General
111 Executive Center Dr. STE 204
Columbia, SC 29210-8416
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 per SC Code Section 1-6-100.