Thursday, May 1, 2008

Payroll error gives 18 Atlanta workers $375K for gas

Eighteen Atlanta employees must have thought they won the lottery when the city installed its new payroll software.

On Jan. 4, the group mistakenly got paid $375,000 — about $371,000 more than was legitimate — because someone inadvertently coded the mileage reimbursement rate at $40 per mile instead of 40 cents.

still owe the city a total of nearly $40,000.

Officials said some employees have been reprimanded but no one has been fired.

"I was astonished," city auditor Leslie Ward said. "I don't know how else to describe it. This seems like it would have to be some violation of employee conduct, ethics or law."

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