Pay scandal leads Cleveland to buy fingerprint scanners

7:26 PM, Dec 2, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A lax and loose system that allowed Cleveland firefighters to get paid for time they didn't work will  likely soon be replaced with a fingerprint image scanner made by Kronos.

Safety Director Marty Flask discussed the fire audit scandal Friday with Channel 3's Tom Beres and will bring it to you starting at 6.

He said this was more of a human, rather than systemic, problem.

Firefighters took advantage of it and multiple levels of supervisors failed to flag or correct abuses involving sick leave, overtime, funeral time and traded days.

Flask said it's likely more wrongdoing will be found by a second audit.

He intends to punish firefighters and supervisors who need to be held accountable for their actions. That's in addition to possible criminal prosecution.

He lamented that all firefighters are being tarnished by the wrongdoing of a few.

A previous audit recommended buying the fingerprint system to make sure firefighters are actually on the job.


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