2 Hialeah Employees Fired After Mayor Hires Private Investigator To Follow Them

Mayor Carlos Hernandez said he hired a P.I. to follow Carlos Rodriguez and Maritza Martinez

By Steve Litz
|  Wednesday, May 16, 2012  |  Updated 9:54 AM EDT
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Two Hialeah employees are off the job, accused of shopping and running errands while on the clock after Mayor Carlos Hernandez hired a private investigator to follow them. Carlos Rodriguez and Maritza Martinez both say politics are behind their firing.

Two Hialeah employees are off the job, accused of shopping and running errands while on the clock after Mayor Carlos Hernandez hired a private investigator to follow them. Carlos Rodriguez and Maritza Martinez both say politics are behind their firing.

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Two Hialeah employees are off the job, accused of shopping and running errands while on the clock.

"This is simply people failing to do their job and stealing from citizens," said Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez.

The mayor said he hired a private investigator to follow Carlos Rodriguez and Maritza Martinez around town. He said he would have had a Hialeah police officer investigate the case but he feared the two employees would recognize the officer.

Rodriguez and Martinez are accused of going shopping, taking long breaks and even going home. According to the mayor, all of that personal business happened while they were supposed to be working at the city's water and sewer department.

Rodriguez and Martinez both say politics are behind their firing. Rodriguez told NBC 6 that any city employee who supported Raul Martinez's run for mayor has been fired.

Martinez , a former Hialeah mayor, lost to Hernandez in last November's election.

"As an administrator I made a decision to terminate them. They have said there are political reasons for this and there is none," Mayor Hernandez said.

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