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April 27, 2016

$30K in calls to Dominican Republic cost sisters jobs with Camden County

Officials say women spent 200 hours of work time on the phone in personal conversations

Nearly $30,000 in international phone charges racked up by two sisters making calls to the Dominican Republic during work hours has cost them their jobs with the Camden County Board of Social Services.

Sisters Wanda and Werfy Fernandez originally lost their jobs in 2014 after a New Jersey Civil Service Commission finding that they had failed to do their work and behaved in an unbecoming manner, according to a story in the Courier-Post.

Two county New Jersey Superior Court judges on Tuesday upheld that decision following an appeal by the Fernandez sisters.

The calls were placed in 2010 and 2011 and lasted for a cumulative total of about 200 hours, according to officials.

The county has a judgment against the sisters to recover the cost of the phone calls.

Officials said they found Werfy Fernandez made 147 hours of personal calls to the Dominican Republic, with charges totaling about $22,500.

Wanda Fernandez made more than 41 hours of similar calls at a cost of almost $6,500, according to officials.

The sisters could not be reached for comment.

To read the entire Courier-Post account, click here.