Alleged Overtime Scam Cost Fort Worth $231K

Fort Police police scam will cost the city.

By Annie Potasznik
|  Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Alleged Overtime Scam Cost Fort Worth $231K

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An apparent scheme by nine police officers to collect  for un-worked overtime will cost Fort Worth some serious money.

Nine officers are accused of falsifying traffic citations to collect overtime pay for hours they didn't work.

KTVT-TV has reported that their actions will cost the city more than city officials initially thought -- $231,ooo.

Each of the officers has either quit or has since been fired. All face tampering charges.

A state-funded highway safety program provided the money for the officers' pay.

But the state wants its money back. The city will reimburse the state with money from other programs or emergency funds.

Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief says the situation is "pretty embarrassing" for the city and police department.

He says Fort Worth residents deserve better and city administrators will be more vigilant in the future.

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