No one to be charged in case of no-show employee in Norfolk

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by 13 News

WVEC.com

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 9 at 9:08 AM

NORFOLK -- The Commonwealth's Attorney says there will be no charges in the case of a Community Service Board employee who was paid for 12 years without showing up for work.

The decision came in a letter from Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Underwood to the acting chief of the Norfolk police.

In it Underwood says,  " I have now had the opportunity to thoroughly review the criminal investigative materials provided to this Office by the Norfolk Police Department regarding the above-referenced matter, more specifically the issues arising from the payment of a suspended/non-working employee, Jill McGlone, for approximately 12 years. I write now to advise you that this Office will not initiate criminal charges in the matter."

Underwood said the evidence obtained did not support pursuing criminal prosecution of McGlone or any other employee of the Norfolk Community Services Board.

The CSB paid Jill McGlone $320,000 for 12 years even though she did not show up for work.

Even though McGlone isn't facing criminal charges, the city is still going full steam ahead with a civil lawsuit against her and 4 other former employees who left the CSB amid the scandal.

City attorney Bernard Pishko tells 13News he is seeking reimbursement for the $320,000 connected to McGlone.

Linda Berardi is one of the former employees being sued, and is also firing back against the CBS with a defamation lawsuit.

A ruling by the Virginia Employment Commission reinstating former employee Linda Berardi's unemployment benefits outlined the details stating:

"The record makes it abundantly clear that the director of administration and others knew of J.M.'s (Jill McGlone) continuing payroll classification as an active employee, including retaining a position identification number, as did several other managers and staff at CSB...for many, many years."

The report also outlined that Berardi alerted her supervisors about the no-show employee back in 2009 and again in April of 2010.  She said that after executive director Maureen Womack knew about the problem "no one had taken any steps to actually remove J.M. as an active employee."

Two former Community Services Board employees said they repeatedly tried to raise red flags about a no-show employee paid for 12 years.

 

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