Calif. Fire Captain Gets Separation Letter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection captain and another firefighter have been placed on administrative leave and served separation letters in connection with an investigation that both of them falsified time sheets and claimed to work hours that they did not, a Cal Fire spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

"We expect to hold our employees to a high standard. This investigation led to this action," Daniel Berlant, a Cal Fire spokesman, said.

KCRA 3 first reported in November on the ongoing investigation of Capt. Karrie Paletta and an unidentified firefighter who were stationed at the state's fire station next to Thunder Valley Casino.

An investigative source confirmed that more than $10,000 in employee pay was in question.

Berlant said that because this is a personnel matter, he cannot give specifics about what the investigation found.

He said the separation letters would ultimately lead to termination of the employees unless they appeal to the State Personnel Board.

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