HR Strange But True!
December 11, 2003

"Feldman", a 13-year employee of the Dade County clerk's office in Florida, was arrested recently on accusations that he had falsely claimed to be on federal jury duty--for six months.

During that six-month vacation from the workplace, Feldman collected $17,388.47 in pay, according to the county inspector general's office.

He had been summoned to federal jury duty April 7, but the court wound up not needing him. He opted not to share that news with his supervisors. "They accepted what he said" about being seated on a jury, Inspector General Christopher Mazzella told the Miami Herald.

And from time to time, Feldman dropped by his office to pick up his pay stubs. "During these visits, his co-workers noted he was always rushed and would state that he was `at lunch,' 'on break' or 'needed to get back to jury duty,'"investigator Jennifer Chirolis wrote in an arrest report.

Eventually, however, supervisors grew suspicious when Feldman made excuses for why he could not provide proof of his jury service. A check with the courthouse showed he never served a day on the jury. On Dec. 4, he was arrested on charges of grand theft and official misconduct.

Source: Miami Herald

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