Audit shows 8 Cleveland firefighters overpaid

CLEVELAND - A city audit shows that eight Cleveland firefighters were overpaid nearly $90,000 while on active military duty between 2005 and 2009.

The Plain Dealer newspaper reports Mayor Frank Jackson's administration is recovering the money by deducting payments from the paychecks of seven of those workers. A collection letter was sent to the remaining firefighter, who no longer works for the city.

Cleveland pays firefighters the difference between their city salary and military pay. The audit blames the overpayment on poor record keeping and firefighters' failure to submit documents detailing their military pay.

The audit was released last year and obtained by the newspaper through a public records request. It shows overpayments ranging from around $1,200 to more than $20,000.

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