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ATC audit finds agents skipping work, leaving early

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Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:10 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 21, 2012 3:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, gps, unit, vehicle, monitor, audit, investigation, demotion, resigned

BATON ROUGE - The state commissioner for the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control demoted two agents and said a third resigned in the wake of an audit into just how much time they were spending at work.

Commissioner Troy Hebert said the internal investigation looked into suspected payroll fraud, and found several instances where agents were coming into work late, leaving early, or just not coming in at all some days.

"One agent was supposed to be at a sting operation, but was actually at home monitoring his radio," Hebert told News 2.

He said the audit checked where agents said they were against GPS devices Hebert mandated be placed on ATC vehicles.

"These GPS devices are not popular with some employees, but help prevent work discrepancies that are unacceptable and will not be tolerated on my watch," he said.

Hebert said the ATC also increased minimum daily productivity standards, and implemented a performance-based work schedule that he claims significantly reduces the potential for employee down time during a regular work day.

He said the investigation into the audit's findings was ongoing, and more people could face disciplinary action as a result.

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