September 07, 2018 09:24 PM
Hennepin County spokesperson Carloyn Marinan told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS there were 24 county employees under investigation after complaints had been filed against them in recent weeks.
In a written statement Marinan said:
"As of Friday, there were complaints against 24 employees. The investigations are now complete. Ten employees elected to leave county employment before a final resolution of the complaints. With respect to the other 14 employees, the matters are still pending. Because there has been no final resolution, under the Data Practices Act, this is all we are allowed to say."
Multiple sources told KSTP the 24 employees all work in the county's Child Support Services Division.
Sources said the employees are accused of falsifying time cards in various manners.
Some were accused of not being able to produce work product for days they were scheduled to be working from home. Others were accused of allegedly submitting hours worked when they were not actually working.
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The Child Support Services Division employs 250 people. Among other responsibilities, the division helps establish the amount of court-ordered child support payments and enforces those court orders.
The division also coordinates genetic testing to determine paternity.
KSTP asked several county board members if they are attempting to have those employees return any questionable payments and if there is currently a criminal investigation underway.
All refused to comment for legal reasons citing personnel and privacy laws.
"The county, right now, is keeping all of its options open," Marinan said.
Updated: September 07, 2018 09:24 PM
Created: September 07, 2018 07:12 PM
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