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Cleveland Firefighter charged in pay scandal pleads guilty

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The first Cleveland Firefighter charged in the pay scandal pled guilty in court Wednesday.

Timothy Debarr was then sentenced to 60 days in jail along with a $1,000 dollar fine. He will not have to pay any restitution, because the prosecution did not ask him to do so.

In court, Debarr told the judge "I have never been involved in anything like this before. I'm truly sorry. I never thought  I would ever be involved in the system. I will never be again. It's been the most challenging thing I've ever experienced with my family. Just been devastating for us."

All this, after Debarr received full pay and benefits while paying other firefighters under the table to work for him. Investigators say he claimed he traded shifts with other firefighters.  Records show he owes more than 4,000 hours to co-workers.

Debarr faced a rare charge, soliciting or receiving improper compensation, a misdemeanor.

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