Tuesday, May 4, 2010
John Williams' ethics
This morning, I visited the SOCCCD website, where I found board policies, including BP1400, the "code of ethics for members of the board of trustees."
Point 3 of the code is the following:
recently, we came upon copies of timesheets submitted by trustee John Williams for his county job as Public Administrator/Guardian. It appears that, on those timesheets, Williams claimed full work days (presumably in his office in Santa Ana) on days in which, according to SOCCCD records, he was many miles away (in Orlando, Tampa, etc.) at conferences in his role as college district trustee.
Assuming that the fellow cannot be in two different places at once, and assuming that district records of trustee travel are accurate, it would appear that Mr. Williams claimed to work (as a county official) when, in truth, he was not working (in that capacity).
According to my Mac's dictionary, fraud is "wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain." Filing multiple false claims of full work days (for which one is paid) would seem to qualify as fraud.
We at DtB would like to hear from readers. Is there an ethical problem here?
If so, is this a matter for the Academic Senates to pursue? The board? The DA?
Tell us what you think.