Nevada payroll report details overpayments to state workers
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A report shows Nevada state agencies have overpaid 390 former and current workers $302,505 over the past several years — and efforts to collect the money have lagged.
The total includes $86,086 owed by 96 current state employees. Ten of them — including one who owes almost $30,000 — are making payments back to the state. A dozen of the nearly 300 former employees have made similar arrangements.
Controller Kathy Augustine said the payroll office and the payroll clerks in the agencies where the employees work need to make more of an effort to get the repayment process started.
“Every penny counts at this point,” she said.
The names of employees who leave state service owing money are turned over to the controller’s office so efforts to recoup the money can be made.
So far Augustine has collected $24,859 owed by former employees. Another $26,314 in overpayments has been turned over to a collection agency retained by the state.
“We have made some progress in the last couple of months,” said Department of Personnel Director Jeanne Greene. “We really do take this seriously. We make every effort to recoup the money. This is taxpayer money.”
The nearly $30,000 overpayment was the result of paying a physician with the Department of Corrections for a 40-hour work week instead of for 32 hours a week, she said. The employee is now repaying the money $1,000 per paycheck. More than $10,000 has been repaid so far.
Reasons for the overpayments are varied. If documentation for time off or sick leave is turned in late, overpayments can occur. Overpayments are also possible if a worker’s salary schedule is reported incorrectly.