Audit: Durham Tech employee ran side business at work
Posted May 15, 2013
Durham, N.C. — A Durham Technical Community College employee has been fired after state auditors determined she was using office computers to run her online business.
Durham Tech President William Ingram said in response to the state audit, which was released Wednesday, that the unidentified assistant registrar was fired in March for violating secondary employment and computer use policies.
Auditors said the woman filed secondary employment forms with the state in September 2011, saying that she operated a bird supply business and sold Amway products on nights and weekends. Although she signed the form to acknowledge that she wouldn't conduct outside business while on the job at Durham Tech, her secondary employment was never approved by college officials, according to the audit.
Despite that, the woman listed the hours of operation of her online bird supply business as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, which were the hours she worked at Durham Tech, the audit states. Investigators were able to determine that she responded to customer inquiries while at work, and they found 329 documents on her work computer related to the bird supply and Amway businesses.
Ingram said in his response to the audit that he has asked Durham Tech human resources managers to reiterate secondary employment and computer use policies to college employees.