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Custodian Accused of Bilking School

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A custodian at West Side High School in Manhattan is accused of organizing a payroll scheme in which he stole nearly $100,000 from the Education Department. The Special Commissioner of Investigations for the city schools claims Philip Portelli clocked two fellow custodians for overtime and lunch breaks they didn't earn between 2006 and 2008. The commissioner, Richard Condon, also claims Portelli had a friend who was not employed as a custodian submit W2s - meaning the friend received paychecks and even paid taxes.

CONDON: We've had no-show employees, but this is rather unusual.

Condon says Portelli was reassigned to a different school during the investigation and has not yet been charged. New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office is reviewing the case.

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