Casey EMS facing $60,000 in fines

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Two former employees of the Casey County Ambulance Service are accused of pension spiking, and the Ambulance Service is potentially facing $60,000 in fines as a result.

William W. Thacker and William Bowling, both former Casey County Ambulance Service employees, are accused of spiking their pensions.

According to documents obtained from the Casey County Ambulance Service from the Kentucky Retirement System, Thacker is accused of spiking his pension by $39,278.11 in 2012. That increased spike of 72.87 percent now could turn into a hefty fine against the Ambulance Service.

The Kentucky Retirement System states in that document that the Casey County Ambulance Service owes $39,046.98 for the alleged pension spiking. The amount is interest free if paid within a year but after that interest sets in on the remaining amount of money owed. The due date on the charges to the ambulance service is Jan. 26, 2019.

According to minutes from the April 10 ambulance service meeting, Interim Director Kenny Turpin introduced a letter from the Kentucky Retirement System that charged the ambulance service a penalty of $20,813.13 for the pension spiking by former employee Bowling. Turpin said that he had sent a letter to the retirement board stating Bowling’s hire and departure date. According to the minutes Bowling only worked three shifts at the ambulance service.

Turpin said that he had spoken to Casey County Attorney Tommy Weddle on May 7 and said Weddle told him he was in agreement that it was pension spiking but that he stated it wasn’t his expertise and advised him to speak to Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial.

Also during a May 8 meeting Turpin said the ambulance service had officially taken former Director Malcolm Miller off of the QuickBooks bookkeeping account. Turpin said that he had spoke to QuickBooks and they had told him the charge for QuickBooks annual service was $610.10 plus tax plus $1.75 per pay check per pay period for direct deposit service.

This was an important discovery, as when former director Miller was in charge of the account, the ambulance service’s financial records showed four different charges totaling almost $2,400 to a fraudulent company for what was intended to be for the QuickBooks subscription.

Chairman Kathy Hines was frustrated and said that there was no way of knowing where the money, which supposedly was going to QuickBooks, actually went. 

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