Skip to comments.(CT)Arbitrator reinstates 40 state employees in Irene fraud
Posted on 06/14/2012 11:09:53 AM PDT by matt04
A state arbitrator has reinstated 40 of the 103 state employees who resigned, retired or were fired after being implicated in the improper receipt of disaster relief after Tropical Storm Irene.
The reinstated employees must make restitution and serve suspensions ranging from 15 to 60 days, according to an announcement Wednesday by AFSCME Council 4. The employees obtained aid under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP.
"While some state employees may have engaged in fraud regarding the D-SNAP program and have been dismissed or resigned from state service, these employees were found to have made errors that the arbitrator found warranted discipline, but not dismissal," said Sal Luciano, executive director of Council 4.
"They exercised their due process rights, paid back the money received, were adequately disciplined and will be reinstated to their state positions," he said.
Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said the governor always has said that employees accused of improperly obtaining aid would be entitled to due process.
"Today's announcement is proof of that," Doba said. "We continue to believe that there is no room in state government for anyone who would look to defraud taxpayers. As a result of the D-SNAP investigation, those that committed some of the most egregious violations have not had their cases heard yet, and are still not employed by the state. The governor's message was clear -- public service is a privilege and any abuse of the privilege will not be tolerated."
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The arbitrators here in the Nutmeg state remain anonymous whenever there is some dubious deal reached with sleazy union types. These mysterious functionaries are part of the problem, not part of any solution. Connecticut is a hotbed of rampant sleaze.
Only job where one can steal from there employer and not loose your job.......
any job is a privledge,not a right
How can this not be a criminal offense?
Unions own Ct. Sad.