Calvin Robinson, last Cleveland firefighter in shift-trading scandal, in court Thursday morning

CLEVELAND - The last Cleveland firefighter in the shift-trading scandal pleaded guilty in court this morning.

Calvin Robinson pleaded guilty to complicity to receiving unlawful compensation and was sentenced to pay court costs. He was given a suspended jail sentence, which means that he will not be required to serve time unless he offends again.

He and 12 other Cleveland firefighters were indicted for theft in office and soliciting or receiving improper compensation in May 2013. Prosecutors said they paid others to work their shifts for them, allowing them to pull regular pay and benefits while missing regular training and daily duties.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty said that Robinson worked about 27 and a half days in 2009, 2010 and the portion of 2011 his office examined.

Robinson was set to go on trial Thursday.

Twelve other defendants entered guilty pleas back in February.

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