Mayor calls arrests "political," employees still working
INDEPENDENCE- Four city employees, arrested Tuesday, returned to work after getting out of jail.
John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500.
The arrests are related to an investigation by the town's police department into misuse of a town credit card.
According to the police report, security cameras at gas stations where city credit cards were used showed the group making city charges for fuel, but filling up personal vehicles.
But, Mayor Michael Ragusa told WBRZ News 2 a few hours after the arrests, it is political. He said he has not seen proof of a crime, and the employees returned to work after they were booked.
All work in the town's maintenance department. Henson is the department head.
The mayor said three of the employees are paid hourly, and were not paid during the hours they were at the jail and not working. He said a fourth is a salaried employee.
But, Ragusa said if the charges are true, what happened was wrong.
Police Chief Frank Edwards said the video is evidence, and cannot be shared.
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