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Exclusive: Investigation Of State Employees In Crookston

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   Valley News Live has confirmed the State of Minnesota is investigating 3 employees at its “Department of Employment and Economic Development” office in Crookston.

  At this point, the employees in question have not been charged with anything, so their names are not being released.
  In part, DEED, the “Department of Employment and Economic Development” office in Crookston helps people find jobs.

  An inside source says 3 of its employees have now been on paid leave here for nearly 3-months. They’re being investigated for misuse of State property and time.

  It’s alleged those 3 employees had other jobs and were doing those jobs while on the clock for the State.  It’s also alleged they used State office supplies for those outside jobs, and one did little or no work during time paid   by the State, including sleeping during his shift.

    We submitted the names of those 3 employees to DEED headquarters in Minneapolis and received an email from Communications Director, Madeline Koch. It says, "We can confirm that there is an existing complaint and investigation. Minnesota Data Practices law prevents us from disclosing any further information”.

  I received the same message from DEED’s Deputy Commissioner, Blake Chaffee, who also declined an interview.

  Meanwhile, Minnesota taxpayers continue to pay those employees. Despite the fact this investigation has now been going on for nearly 3-months.

  We also spoke with Leslie Sandberg, the Union Representative for the employees in question. Sandberg would not talk specifics about the case either.

  However, she did say, “It’s an extraordinarily long time for this type of investigation to go on”.

   Union Representative Sandberg also says, once they receive a ruling on this complaint, they’ll analyze it and decide what options they’ll pursue.  We’ll keep you updated.

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