FCSO Civilian Employee Charged With Grand Theft For Falsifying Timesheets

By on March 27, 2018 in WNDB News

Flagler County, FL – A Flagler County Sheriff’s Office civilian employee has been arrested for grand theft after investigators found that she was falsifying her timesheets and getting paid her regular salary on days when she didn’t go into work.

On February 14, Sheriff Rick Staly was made aware of allegations that Nancy Birdsong had been falsifying her timesheets. Staly immediately ordered a criminal investigation that resulted in Bridsong’s arrest on Monday, March 26, for grand theft. She was suspended without pay pending an internal investigation.

The investigation revealed questionable entries, discrepancies, and ommissions on Birdsong’s timesheet regarding sick time, vacation leave, personal leave, comp time, and the use of Family Medical Leave Act time. Those issues were found after Birdsong’s supervisor, Sgt. John Bray, was reassigned to another unit and Commander Brian Pasquariello, her interim supervisor, started reviewing timesheets submitted by courthouse personnel. Officials say Birdsong’s timesheet submissions had inconsistencies indicating that she was at work, resulting in her getting paid her regular salary on days when she didn’t go to work.

FCSO investigators say $1,577.61 had been unlawfully paid to Birdsong due to fraudulent timesheet entries. The State Attorney’s Office filed a charge of grand theft against Birdsong, who was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility at around 4:40 PM on Monday. The warrant ordered her released on her own recognizance after being booked.

“I was elected to restore the professionalism and public trust of the agency,” Sheriff Staly said. “It is disappointing that an employee was stealing from the taxpayers and tarnishing the good reputation of the many dedicated and hardworking employees that serve this community with integrity every day.
Criminal activity will not be tolerated regardless of who the suspect is or where they work. We will be asking for full restitution as part of the sentence.”

Birdsong joined FCSO on July 1, 1998, where she was a Civilian Clerk III in the Civil Process and served on the Fugitive Unit at the Flagler County Courthouse.

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Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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