When some Ohio Department of Transportation workers saw Brett Shearer coming, they would flee from their desks to avoid his high-pressure sales pitches.
He even saw a sales opportunity in confronting a co-worker carrying a doughnut.
Shearer, who worked in ODOT's real estate office at the agency's Hilltop headquarters, improperly peddled and sold nutritional supplements to other employees during work hours, according to an investigation by the office of Inspector General Randall J. Meyer.
A report released Thursday accused Shearer, 49, who has worked for ODOT since 1988, of violating agency policy for operating a personal business on state time while also pocketing his $93,575-a-year salary.
The report was referred to the Franklin County prosecutor's office and the Columbus city attorney's office for consideration of criminal charges.
Shearer made sales and accepted payments in ODOT employees' work spaces and used his state email account and computer to sell the supplements, the report said.
A search of his computer found an IRS tax form stating that Shearer made $44,892 in 2014 by selling the supplements, although all of that income may not have come from sales to state employees.
The inspector general's investigation began in April 2016 and it took nearly two years to issue a report, which recommended ODOT consider whether to discipline Shearer.
"The IG was able to uncover additional information we were not privy to," said ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning. "We will cooperate with any investigation by either the prosecutor or city attorney, going forward."
Bruning said that Shearer previously received a paid, three-day "working suspension" following an internal investigation. He did not respond to questions about how the paid suspension constituted disciplinary action.