BRENTWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Officials in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood want to recoup some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that was paid to firefighters for overtime they didn't work.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Brentwood officials already have forced the fire department's three highest-ranking officers to retire and two other firefighters to take demotions over the payments.
At issue is money paid to firefighters who came in on their days off to perform routine maintenance on firetrucks and ambulances. They were paid for a full 10-hour shift even though they only worked part of it.
Police learned of the improper overtime payments while investigating embezzlement allegations against a city official.
Officials say the unjustified overtime cost the city from $12,000 to $28,000 a year over more than two decades.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com