A Man Falsely Reported His Old Boss for Fraud After He Was Fired for Being Incompetent

A man recently had to fire one of his employees for not doing a good job. The disgruntled ex-employee then retaliated and reported the man for fraud. It didn’t end well for the ex-employee. Here’s what the man had to say.

The man worked for the city for years

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The man was a public employee for many years and had a middle management role for about 20 years. He reported to a department head, who then reported to the mayor.

He appreciated his workers

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He had a small staff, 5 to 10 people, who mostly worked part-time. They rotated every few years, and the man tried his best to make their time with him valuable. He helped them with their resumes, paid for their training, and more.

There was a problem on his staff

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One staff member, Tim, was initially a decent employee “but quickly decided he was the greatest employee of all time,” the man said. He was often too confident, which led to mistakes being made or being overextended, and he would need bailing out.

He wasn’t a great employee

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“He was good at basic tasks but had a hard time with math, grammar, and interacting with adults,” the man said.

He was a grant writer

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Part of the man’s job was seeking federal grants for small infrastructure projects. This could include adding benches to nature trails and curb cuts on old sidewalks or bridges.

The staff would do the rest

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The man would write the grants and the specs, and his staff would help administer the grant. Sometimes they would do the work, and other times they would oversee contractors.

The grants were very clear, and they included a matching component. Sometimes they would add cash or equipment time, or even staff time. Sometimes they would have volunteer organizations match with labor.

Tim was put in charge

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So one time, the man was working on a bridge grant, and he put Tim in charge. They were replacing 21 bridges in batches of seven, and Tim just had to keep the process going with volunteer match labor hours.

The job did itself

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“The process was practically automatic. All he had to do was show up with materials and stay out of the way,” the man explained. Tim did an adequate job, just about. The man had to keep an eye on him to ensure that he stayed on track.

Tim had trouble with it

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Unfortunately, Tim struggled with basic tasks but demanded a promotion for his outstanding work. The man didn’t feel that Tim met the very clear requirements for a promotion, and he had been very lazy and not taking any opportunities to become qualified.

He started to mess up

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Eventually, Tim became intentionally negligent and put himself and others in danger. “I call him into the office after an egregious incident and offered him the opportunity to resign or be fired,” the man said.

The man fired him

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If Tim resigned, he could be eligible for rehire in a different department. If he was fired, he would be blacklisted from working in the city. Tim refused to resign, so the man had no other choice but to terminate him.

Tim was stunned

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The man said, “He seemed shocked. I think he thought it was a bluff or scare tactic. He thought he was a critical cog in the machine. But he was a thorn in my side.” It turns out Tim’s dad was a well-known local attorney.

Tim’s father protected him

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The man had pulled Tim’s state criminal records, and it was clear to see that daddy was bailing him out throughout life. For example, assault charges were dropped, DUI pled to a traffic violation, and possession pled to an infraction.

Tim wanted revenge

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After being fired, Tim decided to come after the man. His first move was to call the federal division that oversaw the grants, and he reported the man for fraud. They launched an investigation, and the man’s records were 100% immaculate.

He made up a reason

 

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They called Tim into a meeting and asked him about his proof of fraud. All he had to tell them was “that he felt that the bridges should have been a lower priority and the money would be better spent elsewhere, so the fraud was a misuse of funds,” the man said.

There was no fraud

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What Tim had forgotten was that the grant specs were followed precisely by him. He had tried to divert funds, but the man stopped him. He had written evidence. The project he was accusing of fraud was the literal poster child for success.

Tim kept trying

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The feds and city powers were livid with him for wasting their time, and he was yelled out of the building. Tim then tried to file a wrongful termination suit. He told his dad about the apparent mistreatment, and his dad filed on his behalf.

Even his father couldn’t help

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The man contacted the city attorney and dumped hundreds of pages of documentation with a summary in his emails. “I was in city hall when daddy attorney came slinking out of the legal department apologizing for his idiot son,” the man said.

Things got worse for Tim

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Tim is apparently doing better today, but around that time, his wife discovered his ongoing affair, and his mistress even got pregnant. “Things got a bit rough,” the man concluded.

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