California Highway Patrol Suspends Dozens in Probe of Faked Overtime

The California Highway Patrol, which oversees law enforcement on the state’s highways, said Friday that it has temporarily relieved dozens of officers of duty while the agency investigates reports of faked overtime.

The CHP confirmed it is investigating whether officers based out of the East Los Angeles station fraudulently reported hundreds of hours of overtime while providing safety to highway maintenance workers – an assignment that typically requires sitting in a police cruiser near a construction zone.

Southern Division Chief Mark Garrett, who assumed the position on the day the scandal broke, said the “misconduct was discovered during an internal examination of overtime processes in March 2018.” It was not clear if Garrett’s promotion Friday was coincidental.

“I am extremely disheartened by the actions of these employees. The CHP takes any misconduct by its employees seriously and does not tolerate any behavior that violates the law or department policy,” Garrett said in a statement. “The discovery of the misconduct came as the result of anomalies uncovered during an internal examination. Action was taken to identify and remove those employees who betrayed the trust of the public and brought shame upon the department.