Action News Jax (LINK) Reported a story on Monday about a Starke Police officer receiving double pay from a company and the city at the same time. Working for a company while off duty is very legal, the problem is: you can’t claim you’re working for both places at the same time.
The contract between the Vystar Credit Union and the Starke Police Department states officers are paid $25 per hour for security, and are “performing off-duty secondary employment.”
It says if the officers are pulled away for a call they “will not be compensated by Vystar,” providing a clear distinction between on and off-duty status.
A time card entry for police Chief Jeff Johnson, who’s running for re-election next week, shows on October 18, 2016, he clocked in at Vystar before 9 a.m., and he would clock out after 5 p.m.
But a duplicate entry for Johnson’s time sheet with the city states he was on duty from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that same day.
Records obtained by Action News Jax show Johnson allegedly did this four more times from October to December of last year.
We asked Attorney and Magistrate Rick Schutte is there any laws being broken. Schutte said: Yes, it called stealing. Somebody got deceived by the looks of the contract.
Read the full story from Action News Jax: Starke officers accused of receiving police pay while working security