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Riviera Beach pay debacle: city officials backtrack blame on bank, investigate city employee

Posted: 9:13 PM, Sep 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 06:15:37-04

On Friday, more than 500 Riviera Beach city employees were not paid on time and Finance Director Randy Sherman assured Councilwoman Julia Botel it was the bank’s fault.

“It was not the fault of the city,” Botel said on Friday.

That story seemed to change during Wednesday’s special council meeting.

Councilwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson said she had learned a city employee had gone into the system and changed a file, without saving it, causing the issue.

City Manager Karen Hoskins said the issue is still under investigation.

“The employee has stated that they did not log back into the bank so we are taking it further and have IT involved,” Hoskins told Contact 5.

Part of that IT investigation is into if that employee might have been hacked.

Hoskins said additional safeguards have been put in place to make sure this won’t happen again. She’s expecting the investigation to be completed by Friday.