SBI wrapping up probe of DPD OT abuse

December 3, 2009 6:35:56 AM PST
The State Bureau of Investigation is in the final stages of its probe into alleged overtime abuse within the Durham Police Department, according to a spokesperson with the NC Attorney General's Office.

Sources tell ABC11 Eyewitness News, investigators have conducted interviews related to the case of a Durham officer who raked in more than $62,000 in overtime--some of it while on vacation.

When SBI agents complete their investigation, the case will be handed over to the Special Prosecutor's Unit in the Attorney General's Office for review. For now, no decision has been made on whether to pursue criminal charges against Officer Alishia Robinson-Taylor or her supervisor former Deputy Chief BJ Council.

A city audit claims Council signed off on most of the Taylor's overtime requests. Council is on paid personal leave until her retirement from the force at the end of the year.

In response to the scandal, Durham City leaders have made sweeping changes to its payroll and overtime policies and fired Taylor. Taylor has said she will fight to keep her job through the city's internal grievance process.

Eyewitness News has learned a hearing on the matter was set for today, but was rescheduled.

Taylor was in charge of coordinating off-duty work for Durham police officers. An inspection report, conducted more than a year before Taylor took over, showed the program was plagued by favoritism and allegations of racial bias.

According to the report, Taylor was listed as one of many officers who benefited from the program's mismanagement, raising questions about why she was promoted to the off-duty coordinator position.

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