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FBI Philadelphia Announces Initiative Aimed at Combating Public Corruption
Campaign Includes New Tip Line and Billboards

FBI Philadelphia October 22, 2012

The FBI partnered today with the United States Attorney’s Office, the City of Philadelphia Inspector General, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Inspector General, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department to announce a new initiative aimed at combating fraud and corruption.

The joint initiative includes the launch of a new, toll-free tip line number, 1-855-FBI-TIPS (1-855-324-8477), and a billboard campaign titled “End Corruption Now” with Clear Channel Outdoor. The campaign, featured on major roadways throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area, will run for about five months and focus first on Philadelphia County targeting fraud and corruption in federal, state, and local government agencies.

Philadelphia Public Corruption Initiative 10/22 Billboard

Special Agent in Charge George Venizelos, Philadelphia Division of the FBI, commented, “The FBI’S number one criminal priority is to address public corruption at all levels of government. Every elected official and public servant has a fiduciary duty to provide honorable service to the American public. The public is one of the most effective tools in the battle against public corruption. Multiple tips received from concerned citizens, city employees, and other members of the public have led to the opening of public corruption investigations, and ultimately to the conviction of numerous public officials. Anyone who has information regarding ongoing or historic acts of corruption by public officials is strongly encouraged to contact this newly established hotline (1-855-FBI TIPS) to provide their information in a secure, confidential, and anonymous manner.”