Port Authority employees sentenced in attendance scam

Three Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials, including one supervisor, were sentenced after they were found guilty of running an employee attendance scam, according to the Jersey Journal.

The three Port Authority officials were accused of falsifying time and attendance reports and seeking improper reimbursements for mileage and meal expenses they did not accrue, New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice director Stephen J. Taylor said in a joint statement.

Cotea Jones, a former supervisor of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Training Academy in Morris County, New Jersey, received the worst of the punishments, including two years probation and $7,922 in restitution. The other two former employees involved each reached one year probation and face restitution fines of between $2,100 and $2,500.

The trio's forgery lasted 15 months between September 2009 and January 2010. The former employees were accused of filing for a full day's work plus reimbursement, when in actuality they worked half-days or shortened their respective shifts. 

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