karnes inspector general logo  This Department is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

The Inspector General Department has the authority and responsibility to:

  • Conduct internal audits and fraud, waste and abuse investigations of the operations and financial records of Lee County government agencies, departments, employees and others under the  authority of the Board of County Commissioners, Port Authority, and Clerk. The team reviews for compliance with applicable rules, laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures, and assesses the contribution to the overall mission of meeting agency goals and objectives.
  • Conduct enhanced guardianship audits and investigations when indications of alleged fraud, waste, abuse and financial mismanagement are suspected. Enhanced guardianship audits and investigations help to protect those served by Florida Guardianship Law, such as the elderly, incapacitated adults, and minor children.
  • Perform administration, collection, audits, compliance and enforcement in support of the Lee County Tourist Development Tax. Compliance with applicable state and local tourist development tax laws ensures a fair and level playing field for those dealers who are responsible to collect and remit this valuable pass through tax to Lee County.

Inspector General Hotline

The Inspector General Hotline provides several methods to report suspected fraud, waste, abuse, financial mismanagement, ethical misconduct, guardianship and tourist tax fraud.

File a Report

The Hotline should not be used to report physical abuse or neglect. If you suspect physical abuse or neglect, please contact:

The Florida Department of Children and Families at: 
800-96ABUSE (800-962-2873).

In addition, threats of violence, emergencies or situations in which health and safety are at risk should be reported immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency or 911.


Accreditation & Peer Review

The Inspector General Department is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) and has been peer reviewed by the Association of Inspectors General (AIG).

Accreditation and peer review programs have long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Independent reviewing authority ensures that the department has met specific requirements and conforms to professional standards.