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12 firefighters on leave plead guilty

Associated Press • Feb 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

They pleaded guilty Monday to charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation. The judge suspended their six-month jail sentences.

A city audit indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as they’re allowed to do. Prosecutors argued that jeopardized public safety as firefighters missed training or their colleagues were overworked.

Defense attorneys and the firefighters’ union said that’s not true.

The firefighters have been on unpaid leave for eight months and are expected to face administrative hearings soon.

The case against one more firefighter is pending. He remains on unpaid leave.

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