Staten Islander Who Stole $22,000 From Government Given $120,000 Yearly Salary
Karen Shaffer, a government employee (formerly with the Department for the Aging), admittedly stole more than $22,000 from the city between March 2009 and August 2010. Shaffer exploited the electronic payroll system, CityTime. Now, you'd think someone who stole a considerable amount of money from the government would be charged with embezzlement, forced to repay her stolen salary, and basically be blacklisted from ever holding a real job -- much less a city job. But if you thought all of that, you'd be wrong.
According to the Staten Island Advance, Shaffer was given a new job (that pays a $120,000 salary -- 20 percent less than her previous job) and had to pay a $1,000 fine (which was decreased from $7,500 due to her financial hardships). The government is making Shaffer "check in using a hand scanner to prove that she is coming to work."
Is Shaffer really that valuable to the City?
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