EPA employee involved in prison phone scam somehow not fired

An Environmental Protection Agency employee was demoted and reassigned in April “due to involvement in a telephone calling scheme” involving prison inmates, according to the agency’s recently released semi-annual report to Congress.

“The scheme involved using government telephone lines that gave inmates at a prison in Illinois access to EPA telephone lines in order to make personal telephone calls from prison,” the report stated. “The employee reportedly received compensation for performing this act.”

The employee was not fired for this violation.

The employee was instead demoted from a GS-12 pay scale, which ranges from at least $68,000 annually to nearly $106,000, depending on what “step” in the pay scale (1-10) the employee is at, as well as locality pay adjustment.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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