Hewitt Workers Charged in Scam
Byline: Lee Filas firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight former employees of Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire have been arrested after police Wednesday said they used an in-house continuing education program to scam the company out of thousands of dollars.
Seven of the employees were fired Tuesday, then turned over to police after Hewitts internal investigation, Lincolnshire police detective John-Erik Anderson said.
The investigation is continuing and other current and former employees could be arrested by the end of the week, Anderson said.
The arrested employees are charged with forgery, a felony. In addition, six of the eight are charged with felony theft. If convicted of the felonies, each could face up to three years behind bars.
The theft revolves around the companys continuing education program, in which employees can be reimbursed up to $5,000 in one year to return to college to further their education.
"Basically, someone figured out they could make up documents claiming they finished the education when they really didnt," Anderson said. "And, Hewitt employees discovered the problem."
The scam was not organized, police say, but the employees involved were friends. The money was paid out by Hewitt since October 2005, but police would not comment on the total amount taken.
Anderson said the eight employees either never applied for education courses but turned in paperwork saying they did, applied for continuing education courses and never completed the courses, or forged report cards from the college to change grades they received to ensure their education was reimbursed. …