STAMFORD, Conn. — The city's former assistant recreation superintendent was arrested Wednesday afternoon on first-degree larceny charges in connection with a scheme to inflate the wages of a seasonal employee, Stamford Police said.
Scott Beauregard, 43, of Milford was charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly changing the employee's hours so the worker would receive a higher salary, Joseph Capalbo, the city's director of legal affairs, confirmed Thursday afternoon.
Beauregard was fired from his city position Monday morning.
Michael Handler, the city's director of administration, announced Monday that an internal audit discovered an irregularity in the hours worked by the seasonal employee. Handler said Beauregard had promised the employee a higher salary than the position warranted and tried to make up the difference by altering timecards.
The employee earned an extra $7,000 over several weeks during the summers of 2011 and 2012, representing a pay increase of 25 percent, Handler said. Both the employee and Beauregard cooperated with the city’s investigation, Handler said, adding that he believed the scheme involved just those two individuals.
The seasonal workers has remained a city employee, Capalbo said.
The city turned over all information and evidence to Internal Affairs investigators with the Stamford Police Department on Aug. 9, Handler said.
Handler believes the problem stemmed from a flaw in Kronos, the electronic attendance system the city uses. He has reached out to the company to improve ways to report irregularities. He also hopes to hire an external auditor to see if there are any other flaws with the system.