LAST YEAR, investigations into government employees by the city's Inspector General's Office resulted in 24 arrests/indictments, terminations of 34 people, with 11 others suspended and two demoted. Combining restitution, fines and termination of salaries, this represents $4.2 million of city dollars recovered.
This year, the office is on track to recover $6.5 million. That includes the latest investigation, which revealed that six employees in a division of the finance department that handles ticket appeals by the Parking Authority were involved in a ticket-fixing scheme. Staffers dismissed parking tickets for friends and family. And one company got $50,000 worth of tickets dismissed by deputy director Clorise Wynn in exchange for free and discounted food. (Wynn retired before the city could fire her.)