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Dept. of Social Services employees were getting paid while under criminal investigation

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Two Richmond Social Services employees were receiving pay while under criminal investigation. The city auditor's report shows two investigations have been completed in the past month, with the latest report released Thursday.

The report says a benefits-program specialist with social services was selling and using drugs was arrested in October 2011 on gun and drug charges and found guilty in February 2012.

City regulations say employees are to be placed on leave without pay if the employee is charged with a misdemeanor involving possession of any controlled substance.  Employees must notify supervisors of any drug conviction within 48 hours.

The report says that the Department of Social Services placed the employee on leave without pay on Jan. 4 after the Inspector General's Office notified the department of the conviction. 

The report also brought to light that the inspector general found that an employee has been collecting pay, but not working, since July 22, 2011, when she was placed on leave after she was recorded in an undercover video telling a man posing as a drug dealer that he should not put income from narcotics sales or prostitution on a Medicaid application.

The employee, identified in the video as Shirley Muir, was placed on administrative leave as the Virginia Attorney General's Office said it was investigating the incident.

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