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  • Concealed Courts: The battle for judicial transparency

    This is an entry for the IRE FIO award. Concealed Courts is a series about how the state judicial branch exempted itself from state open records laws, refused to discuss policies and declined to provide records other government agencies have to release. In the process, I found judicial employees, including Supreme Court justices, moonlighting on state time, some departments releasing information others would not and a total lack of accountability from an agency that spends hundreds of million of tax dollars. In the end, the courts put forth a records policy but by that time my stories prompted the legislature to formulate a bill to be introduced in the 2016 session.
  • Moonlighting deputies funnel cash to sheriff

    Deputies working off-duty paid details at places such as Walgreens and Wal-Mart all pay Sheriff Marlin Gusman one dollar for every hour they work, providing Gusman with about $100,000 in discretionary money each year. Gusman, who often pleads penury in running his office, uses the detail money to throw parties for his staff and hire cheerleaders -- such expenditure is illegal, the Attorney General's Office has opined.
  • Moonlighting City Workers

    Fox news in Philadelphia reports as two employees of the Philadephia Board of Revision of Taxes were found to have been "working private jobs while on city time." One of the workers was a licensed funeral director, caught "attending funerals and meeting grieving families in the middle of his city work day." The other "was caught on tape working in his bar and shopping for beer and supplies" while on the city of Philadelphia's clock. Their timesheets indicated they had each claimed the time out at other jobs as time spent working for the city. In the end, the funeral director resigned, and the bar owner was fired by the city.
  • Playing the ponies

    This WATE investigation revealed how the mayor and a tax enforcement officer for Campbell County spend time gambling out of state during the work week while on county time. The report also uncovered how the tax officer held down two outside jobs while he was supposed to be enforcing the wheel tax, a neglect of his county job duties that cost the county about $250,000 in lost education revenue. Cell phone records helped to show where and when the men were spending their time while they were supposed to be working.
  • The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer?

    This series examines how payments from drug companies to scientists at the National Institutes of Health cause a conflict of interest that affects health care and policy recommendations. Even under the partial reforms announced by the presidentially appointed NIH director in 2004, some NIH scientists would still be able to take compensation such as stock options and consulting fees.
  • Atlantic City Special Police Detail Not so Special for Taxpayers

    The Press of Atlantic City investigates a police program that allows officers to moonlight as security guards. A newspaper review of 2000 payroll records reveal that officers often called in sick and then worked as security guards for more than eight hours, thereby collecting sick pay and compensation for working security.
  • Arresting Developments

    The American Prospect looks at the use of police powers to enforce law on private property. The story reveals that police officers - often in uniform - are hired by private developments to enforce their private parking, speeding, trespassing, loitering, etc. rules. Cops cannot give a speeding ticket to someone who is violating a private speeding limit on a private speed, but they could consider arresting the violator for 'operating to endanger,' the magazine reveals. The reporter finds that "taken together, these moves represent a qualitative, though little noted, expansion of public law enforcement into the realm of private space." A major finding is that the approximately 25,000 private communities that already pay for their own private security patrols could argue successfully that they should not have to pay to support the public police system because they are policing themselves.
  • Timecard Troubles

    The Middletown, NY, Times Herald-Record reports that "An examination of thousands of timecards of Orange County Sheriff's deputies moonlighting as part-time cops at local police departments revealed a pattern of timecard abuses. The deputies were "double-dipping" by filing timecards that showed them at both jobs at the same times on the same days."
  • Township between rocks, hard place

    The Columbus Dispatch investigates moonlighting professors at Ohio State University. Under an employment policy unique to higher education, thousands of college professors across the country take one day a week at taxpayer expense to moonlight at second jobs.
  • EXAMINING THE MEDICAL EXAMINER

    WCHS-TV (Charleston, W.Va.) reveals improper activities by West Virginia's chief medical examiner and forensic pathologist, including the improper disposal of medical waste and human remains, and moonlighting on state time, Dec. 19 - 21, 1990.