Tuesday, February 06, 2007

More accounting fun with DCPS

The troubles with the District's School System's accounting systems just keep coming. This time an ex-employee was never removed from the DCPS payroll.
Former D.C. Public Schools employee Robin Keys resigned in June 2004, but that didn't stop the District from cutting her regular paychecks.

For months after her resignation, officials kept paying Miss Keys. And by the time they discovered the mistake, the extra paychecks totaled more than $10,000, court records show.

Now the District is suing Miss Keys to force her to repay the money.

Attorneys for the District filed the lawsuit last week in D.C. Superior Court, demanding Miss Keys pay the District $10,931 plus legal fees.

Also last week, the District's Office of the Attorney General filed a similar lawsuit against Randolph S. Chase Jr., a former employee at the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Chase resigned in April 2002 with what was supposed to be a severance of $7,609, records show. Instead, the District was far more generous, overpaying him by more than $30,000, officials said.

Traci Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office, said the District's decision to file a lawsuit was "a last resort."

"The city has made every attempt to recoup the funds by contacting them by letter and in person requesting they return the money," she said. "Of course, since they have not responded we have no other option but to sue them civilly."

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