Prosecutors accused a former New York City building inspector of double-dipping after he allegedly took a leave of absence from his city job to moonlight for a private construction firm, the New York Daily News reported.
Former Department of Buildings inspector Kevin Moroney now faces seven years in prison for the crime if convicted, the publication reported.
Moroney, who has worked as a city inspector for about three years, told supervisors in September that he was struggling to walk and lift heavy objects. He asked for a leave of absence, which the department granted, the publication reported.
Months later, Moroney was spotted at a construction site during a routine inspection. Not only was he working another job, it was one in the same industry he oversaw: He was identifying possible construction violations for Royal Home Improvements, a general contractor in Brooklyn, the publication reported.
“Working for a company in the construction industry, while a city buildings inspector, is not only prohibited but compromises the very integrity of that role,” Department of Investigations Commissioner Margaret Garnett told the publication.
Moroney was later fired from his city job, the publication reported, where he earned nearly $62,000 a year.
[Daily News] — Cordilia James