Contract worker accused of payroll fraud

Contract worker accused of payroll fraud
Published: Jan. 7, 2016 at 3:46 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2016 at 5:19 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department has arrested a contract worker for Pro Serve accused of payroll fraud.

According to police, 38-year-old Jesse Lee Starks is accused of being overpaid more than $1500 due to forged timesheets between September 8 and September 27.

Police say they began an internal investigation after they were contacted by the Account Managers at CLP.

According to investigators, Starks, who performed contract work as a hydro-blast at Exxon, forged his timesheets to show that he had worked 194 hours over the course of three weeks. 74 of those hours were considered overtime.

Documents revealed that Starks actually only worked 18.3 hours on the week of September 8. Starks worked 9.3 hours on September 9 and 9 hours on September 10.

Employees say that Starks has not been to work since September 10.

Starks' supervisor also spotted several discrepancies between Starks' timesheets and "In and Out" reports dated from September 21 through September 27 when the supervisor realized that Starks' name did not appear on the log in sheets.

Starks was arrested and taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he has been booked with three counts of public payroll fraud, three counts of forgery and one count of felony theft.

Starks' bail has been set at $35,000.

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