Investigator: Council grills safety leaders on audit findings

7:28 PM, Nov 30, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- City Council members grilled top safety brass at a committee meeting about an audit that showed how some Cleveland firefighters got paid for hundreds of hours of work they never did.

That same audit uncovered a system that allowed firefighters to manipulate work schedules so they could live in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and California.

Phase One of the audit revealed payroll and time-keeping deficiencies.  Phase Two is focusing on whether the abuses were widespread and if supervisors knew about the abuses and signed off on them.

City leaders said results of the second audit could lead to criminal prosecution.

It's expected to be complete by the end of January.


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