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Too Much Vacation
Gets County Worker Three Years Probation
Former Lorain County Ohio employee Phil Betleski
was sentenced on March 3, 2009 to three years of criminal probation for
using more vacation time than his employer allotted him.
Betleski’s problems began with a heated dispute
with Lorain County Recorder Judy Nedwick in July 2008 after
photos and videos "of a personal nature" were found on the county
computer used by Betleski while he was away on one of his vacations.
Nedwick informed him that this was a violation of county ethics code and
warned him about doing it again. Betleski resigned over the incident and
Mirta Remali replaced him as chief deputy clerk.
Remali discovered that Betleski had been
allotting himself more vacation time than authorized by the county. She
noted that Betleski had been taking the additional week-long vacation
time since early in 2004. Betleski said that Nedwick told him to take
additional vacation time as an enticement for him joining her staff and
leaving his previous position within the county auditor's office.
Nedwick denied the claim and filed theft in office charges against
Remali noted in her investigation that Betleski had
taken 150 hours of extra vacation time during his tenure with the
county. He was paid $6,221 for 197 hours of unused vacation time that
county records showed he had when he resigned.
Betleski pleaded guilty to the felony charge on
January 5, 2008. Judge Judith Cross sentenced the former Lorain
County chief deputy recorder to three years of probation on March 3,
2009 for using more vacation time than the county allotted him during
his time in office. In addition, Cross ordered Betleski to make
full restitution of the nearly $5,600 he took for time he was not
awarded. Cross also told Betleski that if he should violate his
probation in any way, she would not hesitate to send him to prison for
“Generally, I’d just like to apologize for the
situation,” Betleski said at his sentencing.
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