Bureau of Public Debt Employees Under Investigation

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A Washington DC newspaper investigation into the Bureau of Public Debt uncovers a fraud case linked to two employees.

The Washington Examiner Newspaper reports the high level employees are accused by the Inspector General of documenting hours worked at Public Debt while they were instead working at the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

A source tells WTAP News that one of the accused has retired but the other still employed by Public Debt.

The report shows the hours involved approach nearly 100-thousand dollars worth of salary.

Anthony Coley, Spokesman for the U.S. Treasury, which oversees the Public Debt Bureau, issued this statement:

"Treasury has a strong ethics policy that we expect all employees to follow, and the overwhelming majority of them do. As with any large organization, occasionally issues of misconduct arise. When that happens, we act promptly and decisively to address them."

While names have been deleted from the government investigation report, the Examiner mentions two Public Debt employees who currently serve on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

One of them is Board President Carrie Roe, who was employed with the public debt bureau during the time covered by the investigation. Roe, according to stories on this website, has been its president since at least the mid-2000's.

The other is board Vice-President Deborah Hines.

The report of the investigator in the case mentioned that the employees in question were the president and the vice-president of the Humane Society.

The Humane Society's Executive Director, Michelle Earl, issued this statement Friday:

"Our board members are committed to the mission of the Humane Society of Parkersburg. They take their role very seriously in running an organization that oversees the welfare of animals and to ensure the long-term viability of this community resource. At the end of the day, I hope everyone focuses on why the Humane Society exists, and not to overshadow the hard work that is done every day to place needy animals in loving homes, to rescue animals in dire circumstances and to offer spay/neuter services in an effort to reduce pet population."

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