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Fox 29 Investigates: Water Worker On The Clock, Off The Job

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Northeast Philadelphia- Fox 29 Investigates presses a veteran city worker for answers after "watching" his questionable work habits.

Fox 29’s Jeff Cole investigates.

On March 26th, Evan Schofield just arrived at 1:36 p.m. to his Northeast Philadelphia home at the end of his work day.

But, before he fully packs-it-in, he's going to play "musical chairs" with his cars: pulling his personal vehicles out of his driveway and onto the street and driving a shiny, white SUV in.

Apparently, tucking it in for the night, the personal cars go behind it.

However, there's a problem. He's not just any worker, and that SUV isn't just any vehicle.

On April 1st at 1:35 p.m., Schofield arrives home.

He again pulls-up outside his home on the first day of April.

And after going inside for a moment, he plays parking attendant.

So, who is Evan Schofield ? And what about that SUV ?

He's a well-paid city of Philadelphia Water Department Supervisor, and he's driving a ratepayer-paid-for-Department vehicle.

And on the day we spoke to him, he'd gotten home very early, and he'd already pulled one of his cars onto the street.

When asked why he arrived home at 1:35 p.m., Schofield said, “Yeah, I am not home for any particular reason. I had to check a map and I am going out again.”

When asked if he was going pull the car in and pull the other car behind it.

He said, “No, I am not sir.”

Evan Schofield earns more than $66,000 a year as a Water Department Industrial Waste Control Supervisor.

He works out of the Baxter Waste Treatment Center on State Road in the Northeast and has been with the city for nearly 45 years.

According to his timesheet, Schofield works from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We began to keep a close eye on Schofield after receiving a letter telling us he:

"...seems to spend a lot of time at home during his daytime work shift..."

Fox 29 Investigates obtained his hand written time sheets and pressed him about March 26th.

“I can take a lunch from 1:30 to 2:30,” Schofield said.

In fact, we spot-checked Evan Schofield from early March to mid-April.

On 8 days he was already home well-before the 2:30 p.m. quitting time he continually wrote on his timesheets.

This veteran, city worker appears to be shorting ratepayers on a full day's work.

Take a look at what we saw on March 27th, Schofield shows-up at home at 12:18 p.m.

He goes inside and quickly returns to his city vehicle and motors off.

10 minutes later, we find him parked in a lot not far from his home.

Moments later, he comes sauntering out of a nearby Wawa, climbs back into the Water Department SUV, and eventually drives off at about quarter of one.

According to his timesheet, Schofield told the city he arrived at work at 6 a.m.

Took lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and clocked-out for the day at 2:30 in the afternoon.

But, guess who showed up at his Northeast Philly home about an hour early at 1:35 p.m., and again started shifting those cars around?

You guessed it, Evan Schofield.

When we questioned him, Schofield claimed he may have made some mistakes in filling-out his timesheet.

And, he said he cuts-out a half hour early at the end of the day because he only takes a 30-minute lunch when he's entitled to an hour.

We asked if he told his boss.

When questioned about his lunch, Schofield said, “I have been there so long they probably would just take it for granted. I take a half hour I am entitled to an hour.”

When asked about leaving early Schofield said, “I think after 45 years I can leave early. Sir, I don't leave early anytime I want.”

We showed our surveillance video to city fiscal watchdog, Alan Butkovitz.

“He's in the wrong. The reason for having attendance sheets is to accurately reflect the time,” Butkovitz said.

Butkovitz believes the Water Department has failed to aggressively check-on its employees working at remote locations and Schofield needs to punished.

“If people think they're filling in their own ticket and nobody is ever going to look this is to be expected,” Butkovitz said.

But Schofield's boss doesn't agree.

“This is unacceptable we can't have employees cheating on timesheets this is just wrong,” Debra MCCarthy said.

One day"after we "questioned" him, Evan Schofield quit the Water Department and retired.

He was gone as of May 2nd and his city pension is fully in place.

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