A state review finds that more than 200 state employees were overpaid more than $500,000 by managers who deliberately broke state rules at the troubled California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Today’s (Dec. 18) report by state Controller John Chiang is the latest blow to a department where employees were found last summer to have kept $54 million hidden in two special funds for more than a decade, even as dozens of parks faced closure, The Associated Press reported.
Chiang criticized what he called a “deliberate disregard” for state policies.
The controller found that managers broke rules and regulations to pay 203 employees about $520,000 in extra pay over three years.
He said several dozen other employees were also overpaid more than $63,000 because they worked more hours or in higher-paying positions than allowed.