Inspector General Wants Firefighters Fired For Fraud

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson says 54 firefighters assigned to the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau should be terminated.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett reports, the Chicago Sun-Times says Ferguson wants the firefighters fired for allegedly falsifying mileage used so they could be reimbursed for driving their own cars to inspections.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett reports

Sources tell the Sun-Times the alleged fraud meant losses of more than $100,000 for Chicago taxpayers in just the year 2009.

When confronted with GPS evidence, the firefighters admitted that they had padded their mileage expenses – in some cases since the day they started on the job, the Sun-Times reported.

The 54 firefighters represent half of the employees of the Fire Prevention Bureau, the newspaper reported.

  • zarathrusta

    Well well well – It’s about F’n time somebody looked into these pompous fools.

    (Hint: Don’t forget the cops.)

  • tom Sharp

    Come on “Reform Mayor,” show us what you got!

  • ablecynic

    Nothing will happen. Not a thing. They will wait for the story to die and just go on. After all, these Firefighters supported Rahm 100% and their Union passed on loads of Chicago Citizen’s tax dollars to the Democrats. You all get what you wanted — vote Democrat and keep the corruption coming! Nothing will ever change in a one-party system. Just keep it up Chicago, the rest of the nation is watching the hometown of the ‘Messiah’ sink like a stone.

  • Chivi

    Who cares if they voted for Rahm!! If you are dirty you are dirty!!!!! You lose one vote and you gain many others from honest citizens!!! I love the job Rahm is doing!!! We have been living with this corruption for way too long!!! Long live the King!!!!!

  • ChicagoCitizen

    Hopefully they will just move on. They definetely need to change their policies so things are more accurate. The last thing we need is less fire fighters.

    • Chicago's pushing my limits

      Your right [::cough::] concerned ChicagoCitizen! Its about time we get these bums off the job and get the youth movement going in the fire department. There are over 12,000 waiting on the list from 2005 who would contribute with great passion to the city. We should not just move on from this incident, clean house and get honest candidates for the job…

  • Larry

    City workers scamming taxpayers? Why, I’m utterly shocked. How could this possibly be happening in Chicago?

    This is where your ticket money, red light ticket money, City sticker money and de jure taxes go, people.

    The Machine at work, er, not at work.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Jim

    1 thing is for sure, the unions will protect them…

    • g-man

      Union will not protect any member for committing a crime. Only if working their job in a legal manner. What they did if fraud not in relation to the job.

  • zarathrusta

    “Union will not protect any member for committing a crime” ?

    That just might be the funniest thing I have read on the internet.

  • Slats Royko

    If this was CPD they would be parading 54 police officers in handcuffs in front of the camera’s. You won’t hear another word about this one, their union will drop the envelope off to Rahmbo, you know, like a birthday gift for his buddy BO. $35,000 would work out nicely to clean things up. Just like Mayor Shortshanks Daley!!!

  • working man

    The key here is fire prevention bureau, They are not true firefighters who put their life on the line

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