School district worker's suit claims she was told to cover-up fraud

Ann Knef Jun. 13, 2006, 10:35am

A woman who worked 18 years for Cahokia School District 187 claims she was told to cover-up fraudulent charges made to a transporation account.

Tammy J. Hill filed suit against the district June 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court claiming she was wrongfully terminated on Dec. 12, 2005.

According to the suit, Hill caught bus drivers adding hours to their time sheets while she was the director of Transportation between July 2003 aned July 2005.

"That the Plaintiff was told by certain officials to cover-up matters related to drivers overstating their time and misuse of a grant account," the complaint states.

Hill is represented by Bradley C. Allen of Blake & Allen in Belleville. She is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages, plus costs of the suit and other relief the court deems just and proper.

"That Plaintiff was asked to make up transportation bills so that money from said grant account could be taken and used for improper purposes," the complaint states.

Hill claims that she was represented by the Illinois Federation of Teachers during a personnel committee hearing on Nov. 28, 2005.

"Despite misconduct by other employees, Plaintiff was the only one subject to termination," the complaint states. "Said hearing was inadequate to proect her interests.

"That the Plaintiff was therefore fired without sufficient cause and without sufficient evidence to support any allegations against her."

Hill's employment began in 1987. From July 2005 until the time of her termination, she served as a secretary.

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