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March 4, 2024

Shelby County Sheriff Payroll – Part V Of The Truth

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On May 27, 2022

Shelby Co. (ECWd) –

Part I, II, III, and IV of this series can be read by clicking this link, this link. and this link. and this link.

As we continue to expose the malfeasance that took place under former Sheriff Don Koonce, the taxpayers are entitled to be reimbursed for overpayments, just as those underpaid are entitled to their full pay for actual time worked.  The payroll malfeasance outlined for each employee was compiled by the Shelby County Treasurer and was provided to the ISP who never interviewed any of these people in their so-called investigation.

Exhibit 5Log-In FileLog-Out File –Sean McQueen dispatch log in and out reports show an overpayment of 290.25 hours at a rate of $23.32 per hour totaling $6,784.25.  Totals for overtime show an underpayment of 21.25 hours at a rate of $34.98 for a shortfall of $743.33.  The sum of those numbers shows an overpayment of $6,040.92.  There was also a cash-out of 40 vacation hours in December.  He should not be allowed to do that according to the contract and he should not have been credited with those hours until August 3, 2019.  Again, sick days should be added 1 per month.  His total sick hours would indicate he used little or no sick time in 2017 and 2018.  I do not have that documentation.  This is a total for one year and this started in January 2015.”

EXHIBIT 6 Log-In FileLog-Out File –  “Jesse Brandt-For the payrolls in 2019 I calculate Brandt was overpaid 193.92 regular hours totaling $4,615.30 and overpaid 3.75 holiday worked totaling $129.83.  He only worked 4.25 hours on September 11 and was paid 8 hours of holiday worked.  I also calculate 27 hours credited to comp time earned on days he was not logged in that would total $642.60 overpayment when he uses or cashes out the time.  I also calculate that he was underpaid 48.35 hours of OT for a total of $1,682.18.  The recordkeeping in this department makes it very difficult to determine actual numbers.  The various documents that have been submitted through FOIA contradict themselves.  This documentation is not turned over to the Treasurer’s office to process payroll.”

Exhibit 9  Log-In FileLog-Out File “Tina Wade was overpaid 60 hours at $20.67 for a total of $1,240.  She had no log-in/out times for 6/25, 9/19, 9/20, and 10/3.  There was no benefit time taken for these days and she received full pay.  There are numerous days below 8 hours and numerous above 8 hours.”

EXHIBIT 11 Log-In FileLog-Out File   – “Cindy Jones was overpaid a total of 20 regular hours at $19.71 = $394.20.  Most of this is because there are numerous days where a full 8-hour day is not worked.  She was overpaid 3:05 OT at $29.57 = $90.19.  This is a total of $484.39.”

EXHIBIT 13- Log-In FileLog-Out File  – “Peggy Sokolis was shorted 40 minutes of overtime for a total of $22.23.  The sick days should accrue at 1 per month on the 23rd.  The last 11 sick days she took would have been borrowed or pre-paid as she would not have had benefit time to cash out at the time she did.  Peggy was overpaid 176:10 at $22.12 = $3,896.88.  Subtract the overtime owed and that is a total overpayment of $3,874.65 for May-Dec. 2019.  There were MANY weeks that she only worked 4 days when the contract calls for 5-8 hour days to be scheduled.  Did the lack of her working the 5th day result in overtime for someone else at the expense of taxpayers?”

EXHIBIT 14 – Log-In FileLog-Out File “Jack Ezell was actually shorted $346.05.”

As you review these well-documented payroll issues that took place for years, remember the Illinois State Police did not question a single employee about getting overpaid.  We urge everyone to review the ISP exposure articles at the following links to better grasp the failure of their investigation, which was relied upon by the Attorney General for a charging decision, which we now know was to do nothing.  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.




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