A New Jersey Department of Transportation technician was indicted Friday on charges he allegedly collected nearly $15,000 in unearned overtime pay by lying about working extra shifts, acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced.
Kyle Rounsaville, 50, of Easton, Pa., is accused of stealing 308 hours of overtime pay totaling $14,889.
The thefts occurred over six months, as Rounsaville inspected job sites for safety violations, according to prosecutors. Authorities said it’s not uncommon for NJDOT technicians to work both planned and emergency overtime on such projects.
But from January through June 2013, Rounsaville routinely listed overtime shifts on his time sheets despite allegedly failing to visit any job sites or do any work during those hours. Prosecutors said he also tried to conceal his movements by buying a GPS jammer to circumvent the tracker in his state-assigned vehicle.
Rounsaville is charged with second-degree official misconduct, third-degree theft by deception and tampering with public records, and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records.
If convicted, he faces maximum jail terms of 5 to 10 years for the misconduct offense, 3 to 5 years for each third-degree charge and 18 months for the fourth-degree charge. He also faces maximum fines ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 for each offense.