Forensic auditing firm sets up hotline for info on city corruption

Port Arthur

BKD Forensics & Valuation Services, a division of national CPA and advisory firm BKD, LLP, has implemented a toll-free information line—855.858.3344—as part of its forensic investigation into the City of Port Arthur. This confidential information line is meant to solicit information relevant to the investigation. Information can also be submitted online at

Anyone with pertinent information about the City of Port Arthur’s administration and activities—particularly related to the Finance, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Human Resources departments—is encouraged to leave a message for the BKD forensics team by calling the toll-free number or visiting the Web portal. Individuals may remain anonymous or choose to provide their name and contact information.

Individuals will be asked to specify the City of Port Arthur when making a report and are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible, including the names and dates of those involved.

“A confidential phone line and Web portal can be useful investigative tools,” said Jim Snyder, managing partner of BKD Forensics & Valuation Services. “We are hopeful that members of the public, employees and former employees with relevant information will use this service. Our investigators will listen to and evaluate all information provided.”

BKD encourages anyone directly impacted by specific activities of city personnel to immediately contact the toll-free number or the Web portal if they have important information related to the forensic investigation.

In February 2016, the City of Port Arthur hired BKD to conduct a forensic investigation of several departments. 

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