A reader sends this story:
He’s making mad money.As I read this story, I was naively expecting it to end by saying that the shrink is being held at Rikers Island, while awaiting trial for fraud.
A staff psychiatrist at Kings County Hospital who pulled in an astounding $515,700 in overtime reported working an average of more than 110 hours a week for a full year -- including one super-human stretch of 96 hours straight.
Records obtained by The New York Post under the Freedom of Information Law show that Dr. Quazi Rahman clocked 3,820 hours of overtime in 2009, or 73 hours a week, on top of his regular 40-hour schedule.
With a base salary of $173,503, the child-behavior specialist hit the jackpot -- his total taxpayer-funded compensation came to an astounding $689,203.
But to reach that mark, Rahman, 55, tested the limits of human endurance.
Starting on March 2, 2009, he reported working 55 days in a row without a day off.
In the week of April 5 to 11, he exceeded even that astonishing feat by logging 141 hours, including four nonstop days of 24 hours each.
Since there are 168 hours in a week, that left only 27 hours when Rahman was off the payroll clock that particular week.
Without a break, he then ground out 116 hours the following week, plus 130 hours more the week after. It wasn’t until April 26 that Rahman finally took a full day off.
Instead, I read:
Following inquiries by The Post, the city Health and Hospitals Corp. checked Rahman’s time sheets and uncovered discrepancies covering about 80 hours.Phony bills for $689K and he only has to return a measly $22k?
He was ordered to return $10,800, the value of the disputed time, and pay an additional $10,800 penalty.
I get more cynical every day.