- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas county will pay nearly $843,000 in overtime to hundreds of current and ex-deputies over timesheets unfairly changed.

The Nueces (nyoo-AY’-sis) County Commissioners Court on Wednesday approved the back pay. The agreement involves more than 470 current and former employees in the Corpus Christi-based sheriff’s office.

A corrections officer filed a complaint about nonpayment of overtime. Federal auditors then examined why supervisors changed submitted time sheets without the signatures or approval of the workers.

Sheriff Jim Kaelin (KAY’-lin) has said his supervisors, with his approval, changed the documents to accurately reflect time worked. The sheriff said some deputies arrive early and clock in before their shifts are scheduled to begin.

County Judge Loyd Neal says all elected and appointed officials will receive mandatory training on timekeeping practices.

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