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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Avaya idiots paid a man for five years -- but he never worked there

Anthony Armatys of Palatine, Ill. pleaded guilty Monday in New Jersey Superior Court to one count of theft. He admitted keeping more than $470,000 in paychecks from telecommunications company Avaya, where he never worked.

Armatys accepted a job with Avaya in September 2002, and changed his mind about working there. The Avaya payroll computer kept him on the list, and kept sending money to be deposited into his bank account until February 2007, when Avaya auditors finally noticed the mistake.

Prosecutors recommended a six-year prison term and restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 8.

There is no word on how many other phantoms have been paid -- or are still being paid -- by Avaya. (info from The Associated Press)