A former federal government worker, who was paid for work he didn't do, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday. Jack Raymond Kimble, 40, of Sykesville., admitted to using false documents in the matter of the US Government.
Kimble was a civilian employee with the US Navy's Continuity of Operations Program in Suitland, Md from 2009 to February, 2012.
The US Attorney's Office for Maryland says Kimble didn't come into work on Mondays and Fridays, and his supervisors often couldn't find him. They asked him to use the Navy's web-based time and attendance system to calculate his hours accurately. Kimble often would call or e-mail his co-workers to say he wasn't coming into work, but failed to enter that into the time and attendance system, according to federal officials.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service began looking into Kimble's work hours in the spring of 2011, and asked him to submit documentation for his working hours. But, federal officials say, he submited false documents. They also say Kimble submitted documentation that said he had condcuted two tests on a communications system, when, in fact, they were done by someone else. In addition, Kimble falsified the minutes of three meetings he said he attended, when he didn't.
Investigators say they matched up the times when Kimble's whereabouts were unknown, plus reimbursements for times he failed to show up when he was supposed to be working off-site from the beginning of 2009 to February, 2012. They say he was paid $52,822.09 to which he was not entitled.
"Supervisors who are obligated to certify electronic timesheets of subordinates who work outside often must trust the employees to record the time spent doing their jobs," says US Attorney Rod Rosenstein, in a statement. "This case is a cautionary tale for government employees who work at home and are trusted to self-report their working hours."
Kimble is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6th, 2014 at 3:00 PM. He could get five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. As part of his plea agreement, Kimble has agreed to pay restitution of $52,822.09.