Reporting fraud in Philly? There’s an app for that

    The city of Philadelphia is using a high-tech way to capture and report fraud and corruption.

    Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz said his office has come up with the first application in the country for the iPhone to give citizens an easy way report waste and corruption in city government.

    “One of the key features of the Philly Watchdog app is the ability for users to record fraudulent activities on the app and report directly to our fraud unit,” he said.

    Brian Dries of the controller’s office offered some examples of abuse people could capture with the app.

    “You might have a city worker that a neighbor or a citizen in a city vehicle in a certain spot taking a nap on a regular basis,” he said.

    The app is free and city officials said they will make it available to other municipalities.

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