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Guardianship Fraud Hotline

Hear more about the guardianship fraud hotline from the Clerk's Deputy Inspector General in this interview on 900 The Talk radio.

Using the Guardianship Fraud Hotline, you can anonymously report potential incidents of financial fraud or waste involving court-appointed guardianships over elderly, minor children and incapacitated individuals. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Missing money or property
  • Suspicious loans, funds transfers, opened or closed accounts/lines of credit
  • Suspicious purchase or sale of real or personal property
  • Violations of federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations
  • Guardian has a conflict of interest or exhibits signs of more expensive lifestyle
  • Forced removal from their home or residence

Submissions are sent directly to the Clerk & Comptroller's Division of Inspector General.

If you suspect physical abuse or neglect, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-800-96ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

You may also view our resources page for additional agencies that may be of assistance.

For more information about guardianships, please view our guardianship page.

Injunction for Protection: Vulnerable Adult Informational Brochure

How to File a Report

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions to find additional information about the Guardianship Fraud Hotline, such as:

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Ethics Hotline

Message from
Clerk Bock

Sharon R. BockMy accredited Division of Inspector General has joined forces with my skilled guardianship auditors to begin conducting the highest level of fraud investigations possible on more than 2,600 guardianship cases. Never before in our county’s history have our most vulnerable citizens been so protected.
These audits, which are designed to better identify guardianship fraud, waste and financial mismanagement, come at such a critical time. It is estimated that as Palm Beach County’s senior population continues to grow, guardianship cases will increase 15 percent, or 400 cases, per year. The program, which is no additional cost to taxpayers, also serves our most innocent citizens, unemancipated minor children.
As your constitutional Clerk & Comptroller, I am committed to ensuring helpless citizens are properly cared for. Please join me in my efforts by reporting those who you suspect of mishandling a ward’s finances to the Guardianship Fraud Hotline. 

Sharon R. Bock, Esq.
Clerk & Comptroller
Palm Beach County