Work sucks. It's hard to fault someone for trying something creative to get out of it. Unless, that is, the method of getting out of work involves allegedly lying about being deployed in Germany by the military, and in the process King County gets bilked out of roughly$110,000.
As King County prosecutors tell it, that's exactly what a King County Jailer and National Guard member Jose Abarca did over the course of more than a year. And, accordingly, Abarca has now been charged with forgery and theft related to his fully funded vacation.
As I first saw noted by the Levi Pulkkinen of the Seattle PI, prosecutors say Abarca submitted forged military orders along with an official King County absence request for military leave with pay in February, 2010 - claiming he'd be deployed in Hohenfels, Germany until March 2011. As charging documents filed in the case contend: "the defendant submitted these orders in February 2010 thru January 2012 and they indicated he was on military leave serving his country when in fact he was not performing any military duties at all."
In reality, according to prosecutors, Abarca had been ordered to report for active duty on February 24, 2010, but these orders called only for 27 days of training, ending on March 22, 2010. Prosecutors say Abarca was never in Germany.
According to charging documents, Abarca's scam resulted in him fraudulently receiving:
A salary of $110,204.38 between February 11, 2010 and January 21, 2012, which also included holiday hours he was paid for.
A total of 282.32 vacation hours he accrued, with a value of $9,170.24.
And the accrual of 189.89 hours of sick leave, with a value of $6,141.23.
Find complete charging documents filed against Abarca by the King County Prosecutor's Office on the following page.