City employees disciplined, quit after being caught breaking rules
Surveillance cameras, computer searches used by city to investigate
Three City of San Antonio employees have been disciplined or have resigned over the last year over accusations of theft, sending pornography to a city computer and working for another business while on city time.
In one case, airport employee Joe Parra is seen on surveillance video from a shop on the second level of Terminal One.
City investigators say Parra walked off with a bottle of cologne from the shop.
Parra is seen walking in in a reflective vest, spraying some Perry Ellis Platinum cologne on and leaving.
Parra told investigators with the city’s Office of Municipal Integrity that he dropped the bottle and it broke.
"I was pretty embarrassed so I just kind of walked out of there," Parra said in a videotaped interview.
But investigator Steve Harrison told Parra that the video says otherwise.
"All I know is that you walked out of there with the bottle,” Harrison told Parra on the videotape. “That's what I know. That's a fact. It didn't fall on the floor. That's a fact."
After nine years with the city, Parra resigned.
In that case, the city used video surveillance cameras to investigate a complaint.
The city can also check employees' email to see what they have been doing.
That is how investigators found out parking division supervisor Raz Galvan had sent pornographic pictures to his city computer.
"Yes, that I did,” Galvan said in a videotaped interview with the city. “That one I sent it to myself."
City investigators also looked at Brenda Gonzalez's computer.
She was Event Coordinator at the Alamodome and also owned an ushering business that did work there.
"Could you see how somebody could see that as a blatant conflict of interest?" Chief OMI Investigator Richard Hernandez asked her in a videotaped interview.
He said her city computer also contained dozens of documents and emails showing she was working on her private business on city time.
"I don't know what else you want from me,” Gonzalez said during a videotaped interview.
She said other city employees used their computers for personal projects.
"If it costs me my job, it costs me my job," Gonzalez said.
To report fraud, waste or abuse involving the City of San Antonio, citizens are urged to call the city.
Callers can remain anonymous.
The number is: 207-CLUE or 207-2583.
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