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Five DPW workers suspended

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Posted: Aug 1, 2011 6:05 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Aug 1, 2011 6:05 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Five Department of Public Works employees in Baton Rouge face suspension without pay after errors were discovered on their timesheets.

Housekeeper Ruth Stephney was suspended two days without pay. Trades technician Michael Robinson and custodian Earlene Carney will both face five-day suspensions without pay. Trades technician Terrance Patterson and custodian Debbie Washington both face ten days without pay.

Interim Director Bill Daniel told News 2 surveillance cameras showed those workers were not where they claimed they were during the recent flooding along the Mississippi River.

"We can't prove they weren't working, but they weren't at the EOC center," Daniel said on Monday.

Daniel said the five employees signed their timesheets a week in advance, and then had the supervisor fill them out.

"She just was not very diligent on putting where they were when they were," he said.

Without proof the employees were where they were supposed to be, FEMA won't reimburse the city for the time worked. The employees had to pay the money back, and face additional punishment.

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