Sources: City time clocks purposely damaged

Sources: City time clocks purposely damaged

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Some Atlanta city workers have damaged time card clocks to avoid having their work validated, FOX 5 has learned.

The practice amounts to stealing from taxpayers according to sources who confirm multiple incidents at city offices.

Sources say some employees in the city's water department have been able to bypass the security system and have a friend clock them in.  To combat that practice, officials have increased security measures. At some facilities, employees must have their fingerprint scanned to match sure the ID card matches the correct employee.  FOX 5's Morse Diggs has obtained a picture that shows a time clock that has been intentionally damaged in order to defeat the record-keeping procedure.  Some machines reportedly have been damaged for a year.

"People pay their bills with their hard-earned money and they expect accountability for that money," said Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Bond. "If we can't track when our employees are coming and going then we are not doing a good job of keeping account of those funds because they are exploited and taken."

Gina Pagnotta - Murphy, the president of the Professional Association of City Employees Union (PACE), said she believes management is involved in the damaged time clocks.

"There is no way that laborers or field employees decide, ‘I'm just going to go in there and damage a clock,'" said Pagnotta-Murphy. "The union is demanding an investigation through that whole department -- from the commission down."

A spokesperson for Department of Watershed Commissioner JoAnne Macrina said that at the installations where clocks are damaged, managers have taken corrective steps to make sure all time is accounted for. However, Morse Diggs said that sources tell him that there are not people at every installation to account for each employee.

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