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Judge Shipp sentences City of Trenton employees in time theft case (LA PARKER COLUMN)

Clarkson S. Fisher Building in Trenton. (Public domain photo via Picryl)

You can judge it.

In this case, Michael A. Shipp, U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, is charged with sentencing William Kreiss and Michael Ingram, former employees of the City of Trenton.

The former Bureau of Environmental Health employees admitted to participating in a conspiracy to obtain overtime pay from the City of Trenton for work they did not perform by fraudulently inflating the overtime hours they claimed to have worked while performing of master home inspections, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellende.

In November 2023, Ingram, 71, of Trenton, and Kreiss, 40, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, each pleaded guilty before Shipp in Trenton federal court to one count of conspiracy to embezzle, steal and transfer more than $5,000 in funds to obtain fraud. the city of Trenton.
The pair will appear before Shipp on Wednesday for the penalty phase of their offenses. Ingram and Kreiss each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

In a nutshell: Ingram, a public health investigator for the Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH), and Kreiss, a registered environmental specialist for BEH, conducted lead inspections of other members of BEH from February 2018 through May 2022. The BEH employee who Ingram and Kreiss reported instructed them to charge overtime for work they did not perform. Ingram and Kreiss submitted their fraudulent and exaggerated overtime claims to this BEH employee, who then approved overtime pay to each of them.

Ingram and Kreiss both admitted to making claims for overtime as directed by the BEH employee, including for work they did not perform. The two defendants also admitted to inflating overtime claims related to a city-run meal delivery program.

According to a press release, Ingram admitted that he received $22,144 in overtime payments to which he was not entitled through this fraudulent overtime scheme, while Kreiss separately admitted to receiving $32,806 in overtime payments to which he was not entitled.

In another case, Kreiss apparently got a job with the city of Trenton despite living in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

Ingram will appear before Judge Shipp at 1 p.m., with Kreiss following at 2 p.m. The public can attend.

Federal sentencing guidelines could land Kreiss and Ingram in jail for six months, which could mean three years of probation. So you are the judge. Do they have to serve time?

LA Parker is a columnist from Trenton. Find him on Twitter @LAParker6 or email him at [email protected].