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EXCLUSIVE: Fired DeKalb County employee questions equality in punishment

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DeKalb County fired Ezarick Scott in February 2011 after a police officer caught him at the fire station on Flakes Mill Road putting county fuel in his personal car.

"I don't deny it. I did take the gas. Yeah, I know I was wrong," said Scott.

A DeKalb County police officer caught Scott doing it.

"He asked me a couple of questions and I showed him my badge," said Scott.

Scott said the officer took his information and then left. It was at about 3:30 a.m. Two days later, Scott said the county's Watershed Department fired him and had him arrested.

"They called me back to the office, next thing you know, a police officer is there and he put me in handcuffs," said Scott.

Scott worked for DeKalb for 10 years. Before this incident, his personnel file shows a clean history.

Scott recently learned three current DeKalb County employees, a supervisor and two senior engineers, were caught doing the same thing, but they were not arrested and they did not lose their jobs.

"When I heard about it, it shocked me. I'm like, 'What?'" Scott said.

Engineering Supervisor Darren Eastall was suspended for 10 days, and senior engineers Lawrence Daigle and Charles Stagner were both suspended for five days.

County spokesman Burke Brennan said the incidents are not the same.

"The one in question was caught at a gas pump that he had no authorization to be at by the police. The other three had made an inappropriate arrangement with a supervisor," said Brennan.

Scott said he also made an arrangement with a supervisor, but the difference, he said, was that he didn't give that supervisor's name to investigators.

"Someone gave me help. I rather not give up his name so he can keep his job," said Scott.

"We thought the investigation we did into each of these personnel matters that there was an intent of theft for the one on the overnight. But the one that happened in broad daylight was an inappropriate borrowing, if you will," said Brennan. "They did repay the county for the fuel they took."

We poured through the personnel file for all four men. They all stated they were suspended or terminated for stealing. None of the files reflected a repayment or an attempt to repay the county.

Scott said although he doesn't agree, he accepts the punishment for what he did, but he believes it should apply to everyone equally.

"What I have learned about all this is to be humble," Scott said.

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