Fraud & Corruption
Don’t break the trust put in you
Don’t break the trust put in you

IOM defines fraud as a misrepresentation or concealment of material facts with intent to deceive and obtain unauthorized benefit. It involves deliberate and deceptive acts, such as forgery of any document, with intent to obtain benefits, such as money, property or services. Misrepresentation could be false presentation concealment, or nondisclosure but does not include expressing an opinion.

This means that if you commit fraud, you intentionally take or gain resources (money, property, services) for your personal benefit or for the benefit of someone else, if this is not authorized by IOM or the person from whom the resources were taken.

Fraud involves deliberate and deceptive acts.

Examples include:

  • Theft and stealing
  • Bribery
  • Fraudulent statements (for example, intentionally forging a document)
  • Misuse of property

The types of fraud listed above are not complete –similar inappropriate actions are also considered fraud. Learn more in IN/70 (Fraud Awareness and Prevention Guidelines).

Here are Fraud cases at IOM that resulted in disciplinary measures:

  • Staff member forged emails and documents in order to obtain a visa;
  • Staff member submitted the same travel claim twice;
  • Staff member took money from IOM without authorization (e.g. from the IOM safe, from petty cash, withdrawal using IOM credit card) for personal benefit;
  • Staff member did not return a large amount of cash entrusted to him for official purposes;
  • Staff member received money from IOM’s beneficiaries in her personal bank account;
  • Staff member stole money from another staff member.

It can be hard to differentiate between types of misconduct but if you submit a report, OIG can categorize the misconduct for you.  

You have a duty to report any breach of IOM’s rules and regulations. Staff members reporting in good faith are protected against retaliation.

Last updated: 20 November 2019

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