Cleveland terminates firefighter in shift scandal

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland has terminated a firefighter who pleaded guilty in the fire department's shift-trading scandal.

The city also says it will pursue administrative charges against 19 department supervisors.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1mW6MoR ) that terminated firefighter Calvin Robinson was the last of 13 firefighters to plead guilty.

Authorities accused them of illegally paying co-workers to cover their shifts. All 13 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation.

The other firefighters have been on unpaid leave for several months. A message was left Thursday with Robinson's attorney.

A city audit indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as they're allowed to do, with prosecutors claiming public safety was jeopardized.

Defense attorneys and the firefighters' union say that's not true.

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