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State report questions overtime pay at center

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Posted: Apr 28, 2010 7:15 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Inspector General, developmental center, Ruston, Department of Health and Hospitals, Northeast Supports and Services Center, overtime, employees, paymen

An inspector general's report questions whether employees at a state-run developmental center in Ruston worked massive amounts of overtime for which they got paid.

The report says ten employees with the state Department of Health and Hospitals Northeast Supports and Services Center received $407,000 for more than 23,000 hours of questionable
overtime in 2008.

The center is targeted for closure Dec. 31 as part of DHH downsizing efforts.

DHH Deputy Secretary Tony Keck said the agency did its own review and found that almost all of the overtime was verified through documentation.

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