HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It is entirely reasonable to assume that for as long as there's been human government -- there's been government corruption. You know, public servants serving themselves, busting rules and abusing power.
"They better clean-up their act because they are going to get caught sooner or later. That (government) position is not developed for their personal gain," said Perry Huckabay, veteran peace officer and director of GovernmentCrimeStoppers.Org.
Huckabay has long understood the process of holding accountable those who betray the public trust could benefit from a very basic tool -- the deep lure of a cash bounty paid to those willing to blow the whistle.
"The reward is designed as an incentive," said Huckabay.
And with the help of financial backers looking to cleanse public service, GovernmentCrimeStoppers.org was born. It is a first-of-its-kind, on-line portal which guarantees tipsters encryption protected anonymity along with cash payment of up to $10,000 if the information triggers a criminal case.
Vetting the evidence and allegations are some of the top law officers in the Lone Star State.
"We have veteran Texas Rangers who are looking at these tips," said Huckabay.
Government Crime Stoppers has taken in dozens of tips so far, accusations against potentially crooked cops and councilman, commissioners and even those who wield power at the State Capitol.
Among the deepest concerns, reports of horrific sexual harassment.
"If you've been sexually harassed and you've been silent, come forward, call Government Crime Stoppers and let us see what we can do about getting it investigated. That's how we can get this stopped," said Huckabay.
Huckabay helped pioneer the original Crime Stoppers program in Texas and believes given sufficient backing Government Crime Stoppers can easily spread across the country and become a genuine deterrent.