Created on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Thirteen Cleveland firefighters indicted in a shift-swapping scandal have been suspended without pay while their cases move through the courts.
The mayor's office said the suspensions were imposed after the firefighters waived preliminary disciplinary hearings Wednesday.
Last week the firefighters were indicted on charges including illegally paying co-workers to cover their shifts, theft in office and improper compensation.
The city says it's making changes to ensure firefighters are working as assigned.
Prosecutors say the firefighters each failed to work 2,000 hours or more of their scheduled time from 2006 to 2010.