A Miami-Dade Water & Sewer employee who purchased more than $1,700 in tools on the taxpayer's dime and then took the instruments to his house has cut a deal with prosecutors to avoid any jail time.
Last July, after the Miami-Dade Inspector General's Office found the tools at Donald Richard's residence, the electrical shop supervisor was arrested on four felony charges of organized scheme to defraud and grand theft.
>On Wednesday, Richard reached a settlement agreement with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office that requires him to forfeit $73,000 in accrued sick time. He is also banned from ever working for the county again.
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Due to his position, Richard had the authority to make purchases under $1,000 when he was still employed by the Water & Sewer Department. He abused the privilege when he bought, among other items, a $70 ten-piece Irwin vise set, a $1,000 432-piece Craftsman professional mechanics tool set, and two Craftsman chests valued at $725.