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City worker fired over theft charges ordered rehired

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, August 14 2018 Aug 14, 2018 August 14, 2018 4:51 AM August 14, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: These brass fittings, which are used on water meters throughout New Orleans, are examples of Sewerage & Water Board fittings authorities said were stolen and sold to scrap yards. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana agency has ordered a former worker fired over theft allegations rehired.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Monday that the New Orleans Civil Service Commission found Donald Theodore's 2016 firing excessive. Theodore was one of 19 employees fired by the Sewerage & Water Board for allegedly stealing brass fittings.

He was arrested on theft charges in 2017.

The Office of the Inspector General issued a report on the thefts later that year that said Theodore wasn't stealing brass fittings. It said he was selling scrap metal from job sites after the agency failed to enforce surplus property disposal policies.

Theodore appealed his firing and his charges were dismissed earlier this year. The Commission ordered Theodore suspended for two months. The Sewerage & Water Board will pay him back pay and benefits.

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