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CPD investigating Richland One program after $35K taken in overtime wages

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Columbia Police Department is investigating a Richland School District One program after school officials said an employee allegedly collected at least $35,000 in unauthorized overtime wages since 2008.

Peggy Mattie, who was the secretary at the Waverly Administration Building of Curriculum and Instruction, was confronted by District employees after officials said she was signing her supervisor's signature on her timesheets, according to a CPD incident report. District officials said the overtime wages started in 2008.

The District reported the incident to CPD in March after confronting Mattie, who they said admitted to forging supervisor Donna Hammett's signature on her timesheets, the incident report said. Mattie, 63, was terminated from her job with the District on March 20, which was the same day the CPD was notified.

She has not been charged as CPD's investigation is ongoing.

This weekend, WIS received information from District officials that it asked Columbia Police Department to investigate the Office of Advanced Academic Programs, which is housed at the Waverly Building on Oak Street.

"Transitions in staffing have taken place within the Office of Advanced Academic Programs due to a personnel action, as well as the departure of two retirees and a temporary employee," School District Chairman Aaron Bishop told WIS. "There is a matter under investigation, but the programs and services provided by the office are intact and students have not been impacted."

Richland One spokeswoman Karen York told WIS there were five employees – three regular employees and two temporary employees – working in the program's office at the time the matter now under investigation came up. Four of these employees are no longer employed with the school district.

York said there are currently two employees working in the Advanced Academic Program office, which includes a new temporary employee.

The Office of Advanced Academic Programs serves students in grades 3-12 "to provide a rigorous, accelerated and enriched program for academically talented students who need courses beyond those being provided by the regular school program," according to the District's website.

Previous expenditures for the program were $865,281 for fiscal year 2013 and $914,453 for fiscal year 2012, based on financial reports from the District's website.

Richland School District One board members have a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the District Office, located at 1616 Richland St. Board members will hold an executive session at 5:30 p.m.

WIS will update this story as new information becomes available.

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