Three City of San Diego employees have been arrested for stealing gas from a city fuel station, according to a memo sent to the San Diego City Council.
Earlier this year, the San Diego Police Department opened an investigation into the employees after a staff member found unusually high fuel uses.
As the probe progressed, investigators found out three unnamed employees were getting gas through a malfunctioning fuel dispenser that is normally controlled by an automated system at one of the city’s stations, according to the memo from the city’s Assistant Chief Operation Officer Stacey LoMedico.
All three suspects are no longer working, pending an internal investigation.
City staff had a vendor check all the city gas dispensers to make sure no other systems were broken, and LoMedico said the review did not turn up any other issues.
“While this is an unfortunate, illegal and unethical incident, the city employs thousands of dedicated individuals and the actions of these three should not be a reflection on the rest of the city staff,” LoMedico’s memo reads.
Moving forward, staff will review all fueling procedures to see if there are weaknesses in the internal controls. A report is expected next month to detail the review’s findings.
Additionally, a memo will be sent to all city employees next week regarding ethical behavior.