Friday, May 26, 2017
Is She A Fraud?
Two weeks ago, Patricia Barrera made heads turn when she announced that she paid her employees out of her own pocket, because Webb County did not issue them their paychecks. KGNS reported that 40 of Barrera's employees were not using the county-mandated biometric system for punching in. As a result, pay checks were not issued and then there was the matter of them not accumulating sick leave and annual leave.
(statement released by Webb Co. today)
Barrera pressed on with the only recourse she found appropriate: filing a restraining order against the commissioners court. Instead of getting her house in order, she went at the county dads (term used by Odie Arambula) with a legal fight.
According to a county spokesperson, the Time Clock Plus (biometric system) machines were introduced by the county 3 years ago. Commissioners opted to make the system THE apparatus of choice for Webb Co. late last year. Barrera decided not to climb on board with the punch-in system, and that brings us to now, with another Patricia Barrera scandal.
The word fraud has come up with this case. It's unknown whether any intentional malfeasance has taken place at the tax assessors office. The only thing we know is that Barrera doesn't intend to let this go. She may fight some more.