Newark

Newark Budget Audit Shows Undocumented Overtime, Leave Time Pay, Checks Mailed to Dead People

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An audit of Newark's finances shows the city government spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on employee overtime and leave time payouts that it can't document and on three occasions mailed checks to dead people.

A report by the New Jersey state comptroller shows a city with a long-antiquated payroll system that led to employees being paid for time they may not have worked, employees making more than the maximum salary allowed for their job titles and others who mistakenly received supplemental pay for stressful and hazardous duty.