By Joe Nelson
Posted: 11/14/2012 07:52:31 PM PST
San Bernardino’s former chief financial officer for redevelopment has filed a $2 million claim against the city, alleging she was wrongfully fired for reporting alleged corruption at City Hall including time card fraud and misuse of public funds.
Lori Tillery says in her claim, filed Nov. 1 with the City Attorney’s Office, that she was the subject of a “well-orchestrated and unlawful campaign and pattern of practice designed to force her to resign or be demoted,” and when that didn’t work, she was fired on May 18.
Prior to her termination, Tillery states in her claim that she had been subjected to unlawful employment practices since July 2008, when she was tasked by Mayor Pat Morris to investigate suspected corruption at City Hall that included falsification of time cards, misuse of public funds and part-time employees working full-time hours with no benefits, for years.
The claim – a precursor to a lawsuit against a municipality – states that Tillery learned that city employees were using city-owned equipment and personnel for personal jobs and accepting payment that should have gone to the city. She reported her findings, both in writing and verbally, to Morris, then City Manager Charles McNeely and City Attorney James Penman. The San Bernardino Police Department also investigated and turned its findings over to the District Attorney’s Office, according to the claim.
Tillery, who has also worked as the city’s project manager and director of administrative services, subsequently found herself the target of an administraitve investigation, according to the claim.
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