Federal investigators have formally began an inquiry into top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin after concluding that she took maternity and vacation time at the State Department without using her regular leave time.
The move brought Abedin nearly $11,000 in pay that she was not entitled to, The Washington Times reports
. She is under investigation for embezzlement.
Abedin, 39, served as Clinton's deputy chief of staff from 2009 to 2012. She is the wife of disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.
According to the report, which is based on documents provided to the Times, the investigation has also gathered evidence that Abedin filed time sheets charging the government for overtime that she was not entitled to for excessive hours after she had become a State Department contractor.
She had been a full-time employee for the agency.
The timecards were filed during a period that is being investigated regarding possible conflicts of interest, based on documents from the State Department's inspector general.
When Abedin left the State Department, she received a $33,000 lump-sum payment, the Times reports. About a third of that amount, or $10,674.32, has been deemed improper by investigators.
She told officials that Weiner did not tell her about the money.
Abedin later acknowledged that she probably did not complete a required form when she went on a two-week vacation to Europe in 2011 while pregnant. She has described the trip as a "Babymoon."
Failing to file the form resulted in the $10,674.32 in vacation time being cashed out to her in the lump payment when she left the State Department, according to investigators.
The agency's inspector general has concluded that Abedin did not correctly submit multiple required time sheets and leave forms involving her vacation and maternity leave, the Times reports.
That resulted in the overpayment that she was not entitled to when she left her job.
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