UPDATE: Lexington Police investigating former jail employee accused of falsifying overtime
Sgt. Jeremy Abney resigned after being confronted with discrepancies in his overtime hours
Update from February 16, 2022:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police are investigating a former sergeant at the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center who’s accused of charging the city 400 hours of overtime he never worked over an 18-month period, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Jeremy Abney resigned in November after being confronted by jail administrators over discrepancies in his overtime hours, according to the newspaper report. The discrepancies occurred between January 2020 and May 2021, according to the Herald-Leader.
Mayor Linda Gorton told the Urban County Council during Tuesday’s work session the information in the case had been turned over to the police department for review, according to the report.
When the Herald-Leader asked why it took several months after Abney resigned to ask police to look into the matter, city officials told the newspaper they were just recently made aware of the severity of the allegations.
Abney’s lawyer said in a statement that his client had worked extensive overtime the last two years due to severe staffing shortages and it was all an innocent mistake, according to the report.
Original story below from February 12, 2022:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A sergeant at the Fayette County Detention Center resigned after being accused of charging the city for 400 hours of overtime he never worked, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The report says Jeremy Abney resigned in November after being confronted with discrepancies in his overtime hours from January 2020 to May 2021.
The investigation did not list how much money Abney may have overcharged the city, according to the report.
Jail administrators recommended Abney be fired, according to documents obtained by the Herald-Leader.
Mayor Linda Gorton asked the city’s Department of Law and Division of Human Resources to investigate, according to the report.
Abney’s attorney, Nick Oleson, told the newspaper the overtime overcharge was a mistake due to the extensive overtime Abney was working at the time and that his client’s actions were innocent.