Baltimore City Council members ask for time sheets of specialized units after indictments

Posted at 9:31 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 06:46:39-05
Racketeering, robberies, extortion and fraudulent overtime are among allegations against seven Baltimore Police officers detailed in a federal indictment.
The overtime abuse is where some on Baltimore City Council are turning their attention.
Amid allegations in the 45 page indictment is that they regularly billed city tax payers for overtime they never worked. In one instance, prosecutors allege Sgt. Wayne Jenkins billed the city for time he worked when he was actually on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In another instance, they allege Jemell Rayam was gambling at a casino when he collected overtime pay, part of how the officers took in nearly $400,000 of overtime between them last year.
City Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the council's public safety committee, wants answers.
"It's our job as protectors of the citizens of Baltimore and their tax dollars to make sure that there's not more wide spread abuse," Scott said.
Scott, along with Council members Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Shannon Sneed and Ryan Dorsey, wrote a letter to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, calling the officers' actions "unprecedented" and requesting the commissioner send salary and time sheet information for "all members of specialized units" for the past three years.
"We look at the best timeframe that's more susceptible to see where the things were happening because if they were doing it, chances are there may be others that were doing the same thing," Scott said.
Cohen, chairman of the city council's committee on education, said his focus is the $130 million budget gap faced by the city's school district.
"When I look at $44 million in overtime and I've got a $130 million school budget deficit, we've got some tough choices to make, and I just want to make sure that those who are supervising this overtime are doing a good job" said Cohen.
Mayor Catherine Pugh, last week, said she was looking to audit the entire department.
The letter also calls for details on how overtime is approved.
A spokesman for the police department said the commissioner is in receipt of the letter.