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Audit: Some Illinois employees overpaid by $25K, more

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Four Illinois state employees whose work was split among agencies were overpaid by $77,000 the last two years, an audit released Thursday shows.

One employee working for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation got $36,151 more than specified. Another received and additional $25,662, Auditor General William Holland reported.

A spokeswoman for the agency said no one was overpaid, and the amount of money was correct but not properly documented.

Holland's office examined seven cases where department employees did work for other agencies. In four of them, the employees wound up being paid too much. The audit did not indicate how many such "intergovernmental agreements" the agency had.

In three cases, the other agency involved was the governor's budget office.

No employee was overpaid and the extra money was not all in salary, but some represented fringe benefits, said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. She said "costs of employment," such as health care coverage, increased and the larger payment reflected those expenses, although the agency did not properly document them on paper.

Holland's report also found in several cases that the agency lacked documentation showing an employee did any work for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and other cases where there was no explanation of how payment among the participating agencies was determined.

In its official response to the audit, the department said it will be more diligent in recognizing possible overpayments and adjusting pay in such cases. Officials said they would try to develop a way to determine how much each agency should pay.

The report also declared that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation couldn't find $240,000 worth of equipment -- mostly computers -- the last two years.

The agency told Holland it didn't know whether the computers contained any confidential information. Hofer said the computers are protected by passwords.

She said some computers were stolen or improperly transferred to other agencies and not properly documented, a weakness she said has since been corrected.



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