Four Chicago firefighters fired over mileage fraud

September 15, 2011

The Associated Press

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert Hoff says four firefighters will be terminated for falsifying mileage reports.

Hoff's announcement on Thursday comes after an investigation by the Chicago Inspector General found dozens of firefighters fraudulently added $100,000 worth of mileage to reports in 2009.

The inspector general recommended all firefighters be terminated.

But Hoff instead fired four of them and gave the others unpaid suspensions of between 30 and 60 days. Six firefighters retired.

Hoff says those who received suspensions had otherwise clean disciplinary reports.

The firefighters worked in the Fire Prevention Bureau. The city law department is investigating if the money can be recouped.