RPS employee caught double dipping on taxpayer’s dime

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond Public Schools employee has been fired after 8News caught him double dipping on the taxpayer’s dime. Neighbors say it went on for months. 

“He told me he was on his lunch break and honestly that’s all I know,” one neighbor told 8News.

We looked into the claims and captured video evidence of the RPS employee working on a privacy fence at a house in the city’s southside that doesn’t belong to him for more than an hour-and-a-half.

Meanwhile, city councilman Mike Jones confronted the employee.

“Is it a concern? Yea,” Jones told 8News. “If someone is on their work time, if someone is supposed to be on the clock and they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, yea, that’s problematic.”

The RPS employee quickly fled the neighborhood, but what he built there ultimately cost him his job.

Supertintendent Jason Kamras tweeted that the employee’s actions were ‘unacceptable.’

The employee was fired for working a side hustle when he should have been working on city schools.

“I think everyone is frustrated in the city of wanting to see our streets cleaned, wanting to see our schools maintained and everything, and I’m going to tell you it’s more frustrating in wanting to see people doing the right thing.”

Neighbors added that there were some days over the course of the past several months that the employee spent the entire day working on the school district’s dime. That led some of them to take pictures, evidence that allowed the district to step in and make things right.

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