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December 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Audit: DSHS employees were paid $87K for unworked hours

We’ve all wished we could have more than 24 hours in a day.

At the Special Commitment Center — a state facility for sexual predators –maybe you can.

One center employee reported (and got a supervisor to approve) working 88 hours on a single day last year, according to a state audit released Monday.

An administrator told auditors the employee only actually got paid for only eight hours.

But that was far from the only abnormality uncovered by the audit, which compared 2012 pay stubs for eight employees to records of employees entering and leaving the facility with a security scan card.

In all, the eight employees made a combined $87,490 from 3,826 claimed hours during which the employees were not recorded as being at the facility, according to the audit.

One employee alone was found to have reported working 1,524 hours during which security scan records show he was not at work.

The audit also found that an employee claimed to have worked eight hours on June 31, 2012 — a day that did not exist. And, the audit found, the facility could not find 11 time sheets.

The audit was conducted in response to a whistle-blower complaint. It is unclear whether the employees, seven residential rehabilitation counselors and one security guard, were chosen at random or selected for some reason.

The CEO of the Special Commitment Center told auditors he thought their investigation was flawed and the discovered overpayment was “excessive.”

“When 100-plus employees arrive at shift change and pass through the ‘turnstile’ the scans may not register,” he said. “Scan cards were designed to support security, not serve as a means of validating attendance.”

But the CEO acknowledged problems with attendance processes and said the center is working to fix the problem.

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