Calif. Capt. Investigated for False Time Sheets

ROSEVILLE, Calif. --

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection captain is under investigation on allegations of falsifying time sheets and saying she worked when she didn't, according to a source within Cal Fire.

At least one other firefighter is also being investigated, according to that source.

Fire captain Karrie Paletta, who worked at a fire station adjacent to Thunder Valley Casino, is being investigated for claiming more than $10,000 in pay that was not worked over the past year, according to a Cal Fire source.

Public records show that Paletta made more than $92,000 in 2009 -- that's $17,000 more than the year before.

"Because this is an ongoing personnel issue, I cannot comment about details of that," Cal Fire Chief Brad Harris said.

When contacted by KCRA 3, Paletta said she was "blown away" by news that she was under investigation.

"No, not under investigation," Paletta told KCRA 3.

Another firefighter is being investigated on allegations of claiming to be working while on vacation, according to a Cal Fire source. However, no other details of that investigation were confirmed.

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