"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.