Gary library manager accused of ‘ghost employment’
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent December 11, 2012 1:08PM
Updated: January 13, 2013 6:20AM
GARY — A State Board of Accounts official Tuesday said former Gary Public Library Facilities Manager Martin Bay owes the state $5,132 for “ghost employment.”
An SBOA special investigation report released last week claimed Baylor received that money from the library system while he was teaching plumbing and electrical classes for the Calumet Township Trustee’s Office and Ivy Tech Community College from 2006 through 2009.
Neither Baylor nor his attorney returned calls seeking comment. Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin said Baylor has not worked at the township for several years.
It was unclear Tuesday if Baylor still works for Ivy Tech.
Todd Austin, of the SBOA, said Baylor may be able to work out a payment plan with the state. Otherwise, his case will be referred to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
“Things can be worked out,” Austin said. “On occasion, payment plans have been worked out with us.”
The investigation cost the state agency about $2,900, but Baylor will not be required to pay back that cost.
According to the report, Baylor did not deduct hours teaching at Calumet Township and Ivy Tech from his library time sheets, and, at other times, he claimed extra hours worked at the library while he was teaching at Ivy Tech.
Baylor taught at Calumet Township from 10 a.m. to noon twice a week for five weeks, from December 2006 through March 2007, according to the report. He also taught an early evening course two to three night a week and an afternoon course twice a week at Ivy tech.