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Saturday, November 12, 2011

"L.A. Fire Department's Stone-Age Payroll System Allowed Captain Eric Vasquez to Collect an Extra $77K Last Year"
By Simone Wilson
LA Weekly
November 9, 2011

Excerpts (see news article cited directly above):

  • For the first time ever, department officials entered their employees' timecards into a computer (magic!) -- then acted surprised to discover a little foul play. 
  • L.A. Fire Captain Eric Vasquez, a 17-year veteran, had been chalking up some extra hours on his caveman's tablet.  $50,000 for 23 weeks of paid vacation last year, to be exact. On top of a $108,000 annual salary and about $27,000 more for bonuses and overtime. 
  • Equally unsurprising: He was the same guy "in charge of timekeeping for the section and manually entered the information for vacation pay." 
  • The Daily News reports that City Controller Wendy Greuel found around 50 more LAFD employees had made small mark-ups, as well. 
  • L.A. Fire Captain Tina Haro tells the Weekly: "We're not confirming a name, but we do have a member who was placed on administrative leave with pay." 
  • So it looks like Vasquez might be collecting cash on his rogue days off, once again -- though his LinkedIn profile begs to differ.


  • The District Attorney needs to investigate the matter.
  • Knowingly submitting false payroll records is a crime.

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