Wow. Can’t even trust firefighters to do their jobs right.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Twelve Cleveland firefighters Monday admitted to making illegal payments to co-workers to cover shifts for which they were paid.
They pleaded guilty to charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation, a first-degree misdemeanor, and were sentenced to serve six months in jail, with time suspended. They must also pay court costs.
The firefighters were indicted last May for theft in office, which is a felony, and misdemeanor charges of soliciting or receiving improper compensation.
According to a release issued Monday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, “the pleas appeared to mark the first acknowledgement by firefighters anywhere in the country that they illegally manipulated a city’s rules on shift-trading, stayed away from the job for significant amounts of time and yet accepted pay and benefits as if they had been working.”
The firefighters indicted all failed to work at least 2,000…
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