Re­port: State worker sold cos­met­ics on job

Dayton Daily News - - DAILY LAW JOURNAL -

An Ohio Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion em­ployee im­prop­erly ran her cos­metic sales busi­ness on state time, in­clud­ing pitch­ing her prod­ucts to her co-work­ers, ac­cord­ing to the state watch­dog’s of­fice.

Stacy Lud­wig, an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram spe­cial­ist paid nearly $60,000 a year, claimed 44 hours of state pay while work­ing on her side job and also us­ing a state-is­sued lap­top, said the in­ves­tiga­tive re­port from the of­fice of In­spec­tor Gen­eral Ran­dall J. Meyer.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found numer­ous photos and videos on Lud­wig’s state lap­top posted to her so­cial me­dia ac­counts pro­mot­ing the sale of cos­met­ics. Records sub­poe­naed from Lime­light by Al­cone, a cos­metic com­pany, un­cov­ered nearly $7,000 in com­mis­sion pay­ments to Lud­wig and showed she worked on or­ders dur­ing state time.

The re­port found that Lud­wig sold cos­met­ics to co-work­ers dur­ing a makeover event in an ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment lunch­room on Dec. 1, 2017 after it was pub­li­cized in an email an­nounce­ment sent to depart­ment em­ploy­ees.

The re­port was re­ferred to the Franklin County pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice, the Colum­bus city at­tor­ney’s of­fice and the Ohio Ethics Com­mis­sion for po­ten­tial ac­tion against Lud­wig.

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