HR Strange But True!
November 04, 2009

An Illinois man initially accepted a job as a systems analyst with a new employer, but he changed his mind and ultimately declined the job before even stepping foot in the new job. However, the man was already in the new employer's payroll system and started receiving paychecks. How do you think he responded?

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest says the man received paychecks from October 2002 to February 2007 before New Jersey-based Avaya, a communications company, realized it was paying a person who had never worked for the company.

Forrest also alleged that the man had withdrawn funds from an employee retirement savings account into which Avaya had made contributions. Again, the man never actually worked for the company. Forrest says investigators listened to a tape-recorded conversation between the man and the company that administered the retirement savings account. In the conversation, the man claimed to be an employee of Avaya, Forrest says.

In all, the man received $470,995.53 in pay and retirement savings, says Forrest.

Before going to trial, the man agreed to plead guilty. Forrest says that under the plea agreement, the state will recommend the man be sentenced to a state prison term of 6 years and be required to pay restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for January 8, 2010.

Source: Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

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