According to a federal investigation, 60 government workers lied on time sheets over the last three years. It cost taxpayers an estimated $1 million, and the workers were reportedly gambling or traveling during times when they claimed to have been working. The employees worked at more than a dozen federal agencies, and a woman who worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a time sheet manager plead guilty to fraud in May 2015.
She accepted $15,000 in salary for hours that she never worked and was sentenced to jail and substance abuse counseling. An official who worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was convicted of playing golf and gambling while he was supposed to be at work. A media investigation revealed that workers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had lied about their attendance 17 times since 2012.