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Special Investigations Unit Report
Regarding Theft by a Public Servant at Austin Community College

June 2000

Report Number 00-034

Overall Conclusion

An investigation by the State Auditor's Special Investigations Unit led to the conviction of Susanne Burnett, a former Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Student Services at Austin Community College's Riverside Campus. The investigation was referred to the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney, which obtained indictments and prosecuted the case in court.

Key Facts and Findings

Our investigation was prompted by allegations that Ms. Burnett defrauded Austin Community College (ACC) by submitting an invoice for services that were not provided and falsifying her time sheets. We determined that she:

  • Submitted an invoice to ACC for sign language services she did not provide

  • Submitted eighteen time sheets claiming overtime that she did not work

  • Submitted eight time sheets falsely claiming supplemental compensation

ACC's loss as a result of Ms. Burnett's conduct exceeded $11,000.

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