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CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT WORKER ADMITS TO RECEIVING PAY FOR HOURS HE DID NOT WORK

“Cautionary Tale for Government Employees Who Work at Home”

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September 18 , 2013

Greenbelt, Maryland – Jack Raymond Kimble, Jr., age 40, of Sykesville, Maryland pleaded guilty today to using false documents in a matter of the U.S. government.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Monroe of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Washington Field Office.

“Supervisors who are obligated to certify electronic timesheets of subordinates who work outside the office often trust the employees to record the time spent doing their jobs,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “This case is a cautionary tale for government employees who work at home and are trusted to self-report their working hours.”

According to his plea agreement, from 2009 to February 2012, Kimble worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy in the Continuity of Operations Program (COOP) at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in Suitland, Maryland. Kimble oversaw and directed the ONI COOP and Disaster Recovery Plans. He assisted the ONI director and deputy with planning and implementing new technologies that affected ONI commands.

Kimble regularly did not come in to his office in Suitland on Mondays and Fridays. His supervisors often did not know where Kimble was. They directed Kimble to use the Navy’s web-based time and attendance system to calculate leave balances accurately. Kimble often called or emailed coworkers and told them he would not be at work, but failed to enter that information into the time and attendance system.

In the spring of 2011, the NCIS began investigating Kimble’s work hours and requested documentation of his working hours. In April 2011, Kimble gave false documents to investigators which claimed that: he personally conducted two tests of communication systems when in fact the tests were done by another individual; and falsified the minutes of three meetings reflecting his attendance when in fact he was not present at the meetings.

Matching up the times that Kimble’s whereabouts were unknown, plus reimbursements for government travel when Kimble did not show up when he was supposed to be working off-site, from the beginning of 2009 to February 2012, Kimble was paid $52,822.09 to which he was not entitled.

Kimble faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Kimble has agreed to pay restitution of $52,822.09. Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow scheduled sentencing for January 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the NCIS for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Thebes, who are prosecuting the case.

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