Audit: EMS employees didn't reimburse state for vehicle use
Posted June 26, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Two dozen employees with the Office of Emergency Medical Services used their state-issued vehicles to commute between home and work and failed to reimburse the state, according to an audit released Tuesday.
By law, the employees should have had money deducted from their paychecks based on mileage between their home and work.
In the future, the Office of Emergency Medical Services can get an exemption for those employees by marking each of their vehicles with a sign indicating that it is a public safety officer’s vehicle, auditors noted.
In his response to the audit, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Albert Delia agreed with the findings and said the vehicles would be marked appropriately.
Delia said the department also plans to consult its attorneys about the employees’ liability for the “taxable fringe benefits accrued during the period of noncompliance.”