Friday, February 15, 2013

Fun and games, but no work, at battery plant given $150M in taxpayer money


Fox news

Workers at a Michigan battery plant built with a $150 million federal stimulus grant but never opened played games and watched movies while their wages were paid for by U.S. taxpayers, according to a government report.
South Korea-based LG Chem, which used the grant money to build a factory that was supposed to make batteries for the Chevy Volt, has paid back $842,000 in wages it improperly billed to the government, but still has no plans to start production in the facility or return the grant. The company makes Volt batteries at another plant in South Korea.
“Our review revealed that LG Chem Michigan inappropriately claimed and was reimbursed for labor charges incurred by a variety of supervisory and staff employees for activities that did not benefit the project,” stated the report, by the DOE’s Inspector General. “… we confirmed that employees spent time volunteering at local non-profit organizations, playing games and watching movies during regular working hours.”

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