LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Los Angeles city fire captain is on leave after for allegedly falsifying his timecard after auditors found he was paid $50,000 in vacation time last year, according to a report Wednesday.

Capt. Eric Vasquez was paid nearly $77,000 above his base salary of $108,000 — the equivalent of nearly 23 weeks of pay — in vacation, overtime and bonus pay, according to payroll information obtained by the Daily News under the California Public Records Act.

The alleged falsification by Vasquez, a 17-year LAFD veteran whose duties involved supervising time sheet data entry — including his own — were discovered last month by the City Controller’s Office when the department submitted payroll data electronically for the first time, the Daily News reported.

Until October, the LAFD was the only city agency still handling time sheets manually, which the Controller’s Office had flagged as a risk in an audit in February.

Vasquez was placed on administrative leave and his computer and other documentation were confiscated, the Daily News reported.

City officials could not immediately say if he was continuing to receive his salary while on leave.

Records show that Vasquez charged the city for 919 hours of vacation in 2010, or the equivalent of nearly 23 weeks, for pay of $50,501, the Daily News reported.

Efforts by the newspaper to contact Vasquez for comment were unsuccessful.

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Comments (16)
  1. 1st step towards Freedom says:

    Once again, a “Trusted” official taking advantage of the hard working class people. Along with Bell disgrace Rizzo and overpaid city officials, we should be sueing them for 3 times the ammount. Why throw all of this over pay problem back to the tax payer.

  2. Xen says:

    Terminate him and get the money back.

  3. The Truth about the LAFD says:

    I work for the LAFD. When ever I see soemthing like this, it just sickens me. And the way many of our “top leaders” run around and proclaim how we are “better” than anyone else. Some firefighters need to get off their high horse and see we are just very highlt paid public servants. If the law is broken, we should be treated like any other civilian. This captain should be fired, jailed, and have to pay back all that he stole. That’s right…HE STOLE. ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. He comitted grand theft larceny.

    1. El Capitan says:

      Right on !!

  4. Charlie says:

    Everybody calm down, didn’t we have an Epic Fire, that burned for 10 months last year ? Requiring the Captain to work while on vacation ?

    1. wgaf says:

      I want to lick a pair in your aS$.

  5. PukeSometimesVomit says:

    That’s nearly half a year. I can’t believe that $108,000 wasn’t enough for this guy. I hope he bought something that glowed in the dark.

  6. LAFD Member says:

    The LAFD is doing an investigation. If it is a misunderstanding, then the truth will come out. If it was done with intent, then shame on him and he will be punished/fired/prosecuted or whatever. Let the facts be found before jumping to conclusions.

    1. KansasGirl says:

      LAFD Member, what makes you think the American taxpayers think anyone will be punished/fired/prosecuted or whatever?

      Your union (along with the teachers and police unions) bargain against the very people that pay your wages.

      Tell me, who represents our interests at the bargaining table? Yet we’re told ad nauseum how underpaid, under appreciated and over-worked you are.

      I think alot of the average citizens are starting to turn a deaf ear to your complaints.

      If you’re unhappy with your pay scale and benefits, maybe it’s time to look for a better job…or how about another award for employee of the year.

  7. El Capitan says:

    I don’t blame the captain for doing what he did.

    You know how hard it is to live on a measly $108,000 a year?

  8. Mike says:

    They’re here to do the jobs Americans don’t want to do.

    1. ES says:

      And what is that exactly? To rip-off tax payers? I wish someone would have asked me.

  9. Paul Castillo says:

    So the first audit resulted in this? Do you honostly think he created this method of bilking us the taxpayers out of our hard earned money or was it something somebody taught him and is most likely if not widespread , more common than not. Now I appreciate fully what these fireman do for a living but let’s not go overboard here. Martyrs thet are not. Just like nobody is forced to clean the bathrooms and work the drive through at McDonalds, nobody forced these people into a dangerous profession.

  10. Diana says:

    A measly $108,000! That is a better than average salary. I don’t even make near as much and still have to pay a mortgage, bills, insurance, food, etc. Try to make it on less than half this captain’s salary – not easy but doable. Perhaps, you need to rethink your comment as there are people out there who make less than even half or have no job. I say this captain got too greedy and needs to be fired/prosecuted/jailed, etc.

  11. KansasGirl says:

    These “public servants” better get it while they can.

    This country is collapsing internally.

    Russia was right all along. Their mantra after WW11 was “We will destroy America from within”!

    1. krg says:

      When did we have WW11? I must have been on vacation.

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