WUSATA has zero tolerance regarding fraud. Through WUSATA’s Code of Conduct, and as a steward of taxpayer funds distributed through the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP), WUSATA seeks to maintain and enhance the reputation of our organization, participants and industry. Conducting proactive prevention and researching suspicions and/or allegations of fraud is an active component of WUSATA’s zero tolerance for fraud.
WUSATA’s fraud prevention program:
WUSATA participants are expected to conduct business in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country in which an activity is carried out and in accordance with applicable U.S. Federal, state and local laws, and regulations. All WUSATA participants will comply with any applicable program regulations that apply. Failure to obey these laws is grounds for being dropped from WUSATA’s programs.
WUSATA participants will not engage in fraud, which is defined by WUSATA as: the taking of or obtaining by deception, of money or any other benefit from - when not entitled to the benefit or the attempt to do so; the intentional misrepresentation of - financial position; the intentional misrepresentation of information leading to financial loss. Any suspicion of fraud will be reported to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. There are serious penalties associated with making false claims for reimbursement of federal dollars. A false claim also represents a breach of agreements between WUSATA and your company, which could result in being dropped from participation and legal action being taken.
For questions, or to file a complaint of fraud, contact Brooke Markley, WUSATA Executive Director at: 4601 NE 77th Avenue, Suite 240, Vancouver, WA 98662-6730