Agencies’ website is meant to crack down on fraud

May 15, 2012

By Staff

Several state agencies have rolled out a tool to help protect consumers from fraud.

The agency encourages consumers to go to www.suspectfraud.com to see if a business is registered and in good standing. In addition, links on suspectfraud.com allow consumers to check to see if a registered business is properly licensed, owes the state taxes, has had complaints filed against it or is the subject of state enforcement actions.

The site is a collaboration among the state departments of Revenue, Labor & Industries, and Employment Security to cut down on businesses operating beyond regulators’ reach and to pursue tax evaders.

Concerned citizens also can use the site to notify the agencies about possible tax evasion or other types of fraud, such as illegally claiming unemployment benefits, billing the state for unnecessary medical services, or evading state taxes on boats, planes and vehicles.

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