DeKalb County Watershed employees sentenced for faking overtime hours
The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office announced on May 21 that a judge has accepted pleas from three defendants and former employees of the DeKalb County Watershed Department accused of billing the county for overtime work they didn’t actually do.
“Both Cynthia Hall and Jarvis Foster were sentenced to 15 years, to serve two behind bars,” the press release from the District Attorney’s Office says. “The third defendant Anthony Lee was sentenced to 15 years, to serve one in custody. All three have a shared restitution of $20,000. Hall made a payment of $15,000 prior to her plea.”
The press release says that Hall worked as a payroll technician in the department. He altered the payroll records to benefit employees who didn’t perform any actual overtime work.
“Hall would then receive kick-backs ranging from $700-$3,000 bi-weekly,” the DA’s office said. “Both Foster and Lee were beneficiaries of Hall’s manipulated overtime payment scheme.”
The problems were uncovered by an internal audit.
The fraud went on throughout 2011, the DA’s office said. The DA’s office said the investigation continues into whether other employees received improper overtime pay.