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The Dripby Mark Reutter6:44 pmNov 6, 20140

City employee charged with forging 1,000s of hours of phony overtime

Overtime scheme appears to have gone undetected for years. This is the second indictment of a DOT employee in a week

An employee at the Baltimore Department of Transportation was indicted today by a city grand jury on a charge of forging authorization forms that allowed him to accrue $72,823.40 in overtime for work he did not perform.

Andrew M. Wilson, a contract administrator hired by DOT in November 2005, was accused of submitting 2,227 hours of falsified overtime.

That’s equal to 309 days’ worth of overtime (the city’s workday is 7.2 hours).

The one-count indictment for theft came after an investigation by Inspector General Robert H. Pearre following a tip last July.

Overtime for Years

On-line pay records show that Wilson racked up nearly $50,000 in overtime in fiscal 2014, taking home $91,229 compared to his salary of $42,213.

In fiscal 2013, Wilson’s gross pay was $25,000 over his salary ($61,357 versus $36,117), and in fiscal 2012, his gross pay was $10,500 over his salary ($46,626 versus $36,117).

Wilson, who has been terminated from city employment, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine of $15,000 if convicted.

This was the second indictment of a DOT employee in a week.

Last Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Barry S. Robinson, former boss of the Charm City Circulator. Robinson was accused of taking $20,000 in bribes in return for fraudulently voiding $60,000 worth of Circulator advertising and for trying to sell 13 stored bus shelters for $70,000.

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