Former Job Shop temp accused of stealing from city

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 5:52 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 11:16 AM
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A former Job Shop temporary employee bilked the city of Augusta out of $86,456.20 for work at Augusta’s Messerly wastewater treatment plant she didn’t perform, city officials confirmed Monday.

Terrilynn Brown, 50, used an office at the plant to fax false time sheets to the staffing agency, Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said.

She is charged with felony theft by deception, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

After Brown forwarded the time sheets, the agency billed the city and has been reimbursed $86,456.20 for work Brown did not perform.

Wiedmeier said the city’s last construction contract requiring her clerical work ran out at the end of 2012, but she claimed hours worked through Aug. 29 of this year.

Police say that Brown’s former supervisor, Paul Nesmith, signed a blank time sheet, which Brown would make copies of to submit time for pay.

Brown had previously worked for CH2MHill, the city’s former manager of the plant but somehow maintained access to the office, Wiedmeier said.

The issue surfaced when a utilities assistant director inquired about using the office space, he said.

Wiedmeier said he looked into the status of other temporary staff at the plant and found information on all of them but Brown.

He said city and law enforcement officials think she was acting on her own.

The city hopes to recoup the losses under an insurance policy carried by the temp service, he said.

Staff Writer Travis Highfield contributed to this report.

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/28/13 - 07:09 pm
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Who ever signed a blank time sheet should be fired

remember the case of the city worker? You are looking for a lawsuit if he is not fired.

jmo
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jmo 10/28/13 - 07:18 pm
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Sounds as if.....

Mr. Nesmith should be looking for an opportunity elsewhere.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/28/13 - 09:37 pm
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Location

I assume Ms. Brown is somewhere in the Bahamas, lying low.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/28/13 - 09:50 pm
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My confidence in the

My confidence in the oversight of MY money by any Richmond County office is LOW. How many more phantom employees are we paying? And the water department seems to have a real problem with time cards.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/29/13 - 02:39 am
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It begs to be asked...

The article states: After Brown forwarded the time sheets, the agency billed the city and has been reimbursed $86,456.20 for work Brown did not perform.

Lets see... 86K... was that for a year, or less? Even if for a whole year, sounds a little overpaid to me.

Friggin overpaid, underworked if you ask me, and they didn't ask me, that's for dang sure!

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 10/29/13 - 02:54 am
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Seems like more invloved than just this lady?

I have to wonder when the investigation is done how many more people will be involved in this?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/29/13 - 05:20 am
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Organized crime. Five no shows, two electricians, two masons,
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five consultants, and a partridge in a pear tree.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/29/13 - 05:21 am
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Organized Crime is controlling the ARC of No Covenant.
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Organized Crime is controlling the ARC of No Covenant.

KSL
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KSL 10/29/13 - 05:22 am
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Wonder if we will hear about

Wonder if we will hear about the many 20 hour trained obcare, uninvestigated people who will be tempted to start stealing. That was 20 hours of not-on the job training, by the way.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 10/29/13 - 06:54 am
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Should not be that easy

Should not be that easy. Where are the controls? If the City's accounts payable department was paying the bill, Who was signing off (for approval) on the invoice? I don't understand what CH2MHill is? Is that someone's name? Did she not surrender her laminated ID on her last day? The Job Shop should have been notified when her position ended with the City, and expected & received reviews on her work. Did their controls fail, also? I too, would like to know what her position was, and her hourly wage, and the hourly rate that the Job Shop charged. Why wasn't she also charged with forgery? Stealing from the Government is most definitely a prison -able act. There's a lot of fault to spread around in this case.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/29/13 - 07:08 am
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Maybe it is time to audit the whole process

and see if she was the genius that figured this out,
or did she get the idea from others doing it also.

A Few Questions:
Why are taxpayers paying for Commercially supplied workers that cost more than a direct ARC HR hire? In this case a LOT MORE.

Is this part of a bigger "political click", or a buddy/girl friend deal?

Or is this just a typical under the table kickback process for someones pockets?

my.voice
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my.voice 10/29/13 - 08:18 am
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Here's a thought: If this was

Here's a thought: If this was found without looking for it, what else is out there that needs a little digging into?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/29/13 - 08:40 am
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Fraud & more fraud

It just never stops....get paid & not working...get out of jail on a fake paper....ebt cards misused...& we wonder why we are going broke.....& now the gov is in charge of health insurance....damn, we are lucky to be alive....I'm surprised some terror groups haven't blown us out of the water because we are so STUPID.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/29/13 - 08:43 am
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And lefties
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swear this type of fraud does not happen on their national welfare rolls.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/29/13 - 09:02 am
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I'm surprised some terror groups haven't blown us out of the wat

They don't have to. Just let things continue as they are and we'll do it to ourselves!!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/29/13 - 09:31 am
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"Wiedmeier said the city’s

"Wiedmeier said the city’s last construction contract requiring her clerical work ran out at the end of 2012, but she claimed hours worked through Aug. 29 of this year."

$86,456.20 / 52 weeks a year / 40 hours a week = $41.56 an hour

FOR CLERICAL WORK!! (And a temp at that, and not even a full year)

teaparty
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teaparty 10/29/13 - 10:12 am
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seenitB4 said, "Fraud & more
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seenitB4 said, "Fraud & more fraud"
This is Augusta after all why should anyone be surprised.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 10/29/13 - 10:26 am
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Wait A Minute

The temporary agency should know when their contracts with customers begin and end. Ms. Brown's contract expired the end of last year. Why would Job Shop even ACCEPT the timesheets in the first place, much less actually bill ARC.

David Parker
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David Parker 10/29/13 - 11:39 am
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Government in this country at

Government in this country at all levels is not too big. Said nobody ever at the Augusta Waster/Water Tx facility.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 10/29/13 - 11:57 am
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Clerk of Commission ..

Was paid $82,000 last year for not showing up for work. What's the difference? Oh yea, I forgot.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 10/29/13 - 01:51 pm
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Overpayment

something is very rotten in the County of Richmond! I believe a HUGE fruit basket turnover with EVERYTHING (NO consultants but some honest local folks) is absolutely necessary. I wonder if anyone agrees.
We ARE the ones that are footing the bills with our hard earned money and deserve a thorough investigation. Sloppy book keeping from the word go is all I can say. (That open safe money - $25,000 - had there ever been an explanation for the disappearance?)

corgimom
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corgimom 10/29/13 - 03:52 pm
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nocnoc, no, the taxpayers

nocnoc, no, the taxpayers don't pay a lot more. The woman never received $86,000, that's what the agency billed. She probably received about $40,000-50,000, the agency bills more because they pay the taxes and the benefits, and the city actually comes out ahead. It is very, very expensive to put people on the payroll and pay all the benefits, including medical claims, workmans comp, liability insurance, and pensions. It is cheaper to use a staffing agency, not to mention, they don't have legal liability for the employee, since they aren't a city employee. If they don't like them, they just call the agency and tell them to send somebody else.

citizen75
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citizen75 10/31/13 - 08:46 am
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In response to the signed blank time card

He never signed a blank time card and has not worked with this company since the beginning of 2010. Ms. Brown is the one who stated there was a blank time card not him.

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