Special Investigations Unit Report
Regarding Theft by a Public Servant at Austin
Report Number 00-034
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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