The local branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to make it easier for you to report apparent cases of public corruption, now offering a hotline and e-mail address for tips.
If you think your boss is skimming off the top of the revenue department budget or your neighbor is fundraising for disaster relief but keeping his earnings for home improvements, you can call 503-460-8585 or e-mail PortlandTips@ic.fbi.gov to report possible crimes.
Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for the Portland branch, said public corruption comes in a number of shapes and sizes including extortion, embezzlement, racketeering, bribery, kickbacks and more. She names a couple of examples:
"There was the Ellis McCoy parking manager bribery scandal that happened in 2012 and there was an embezzlement case at an Oregon halfway house where a woman admitted to stealing almost $2,000."
Steele said the FBI's top mission after investigating and preventing terrorism is stopping public corruption.