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Audit: Durham Tech employee ran side business at work

Posted May 15, 2013

— 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.


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  • FragmentFour May 17, 2013

    Amway is not a scam. It also is not a business that should be taken care of via Durham Tech's time and equipment.

  • stoptheamwaytoolscam May 17, 2013

    Amway is a scam. Google "Stop The Amway Tool Scam Wordpress" for more information, and forward this to every non-Distributor/IBO you know, so they don't get scammed.

  • midnightclay May 15, 2013

    Is there any way the school can make her pay ($$.$$) for the time she used the computers for her own business?

  • mike275132 May 15, 2013

    Government Employees, always working hard

  • bubbaredneck May 15, 2013

    OK everybody, at least she was working! That's more than i can say about the 20 or so i see every day when i am running errands that are sitting on the couch on the front porch with all their saggy pants friends drinking 40's. They just wait on their check at least she is working. Give her some credit for that! at least i don't have to feed her!! Go ahead everyone and kill the ambition in this country!

  • snowl May 15, 2013

    A former co-worker, opened her own business on company time and planned her entire wedding, using the employers computers, phone, and printers. She still had time to take her regular cigarette smoking breaks too! Geez Louise!....not her real name. I don't miss her.

  • EliteOne May 15, 2013

    Here friends and family are going to be super happy that she will now spam them with Amway products more often.

  • androiddj May 15, 2013

    Sounds like our legislature taking kickbacks from the Fracking industry
    if its good for the GOP it's good for the gander

  • Mr. Middle of the Road May 15, 2013

    Amway. Why am I not surprised. And, I am commenting on company time on a company computer. But I own the company.

  • ncsucooper May 15, 2013

    The issue is that the State could be seen as subsidizing her business which sets a terrible precedent if they just allow it to go on.

    The line needs to be drawn where it is as it is unenforceable anywhere else.