PULLMAN — Some employees of Washington State University were responsible for the misappropriation of thousands of dollars between 2014 and 2019.
That’s according to a new report by the state auditor’s office.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the university initiated an investigation into several cases of employees misreporting time worked and leave of absence used, which totaled more than $12,000.
The audit found that an employee of the College of Nursing did not properly report leave of absence multiple times between April 2016 and June 2018.
The audit also found two WSU School of Music employees were overpaid by a total of $2,895.61 between August 2014 and February 2018 by claiming hours not worked.
An employee with the College of Veterinary Medicine was overpaid by $6,448.56 between November 2017 and November 2018 by claiming hours not worked. The employee was fired for abandonment of post.
A University Advancement employee, who was overpaid by $2,894.38 between March 2018 and February 2019 for claiming hours not worked, resigned from WSU.
The auditor’s office recommends WSU strengthen its oversight and monitoring of the reporting and use of leave balances.