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Cleveland firefighters in court for shift scandal

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Calvin Robinson Calvin Robinson
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A salary scandal inside the Cleveland Fire Department that 19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek was first to expose.

13 firefighters are now facing criminal charges. 11 of the 13 firefighters pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on Thursday morning. Two of the cases were postponed.

The alleged payroll scandal has been going on for years within the department.

An audit revealed from 2006 through 2010 that at a minimum, these 13 firefighters each failed to work 2,000 hours (approximately one year) of their scheduled time. The most serious case was Calvin Robinson, who failed to work 8,456 hours (approximately 4 ½ years) of compensated time. During this time period, the defendants received their yearly salary, health insurance, vacation and sick time, clothing allowance, and pension money all at a cost to the City of Cleveland.

The following firefighters are charged:

  • Calvin Robinson, 52, of Cleveland
  • Kevin Dever, 42, of Cleveland
  • Bernard Frohnapple, 51, of Rocky River
  • Barry Kifus, 40, of Painesville
  • Kevin P. Kelly, 52, of Olmsted Falls
  • James Oleksiak, 44, of Cleveland
  • Robert Graham, 50, of Lakewood
  • Michael Milano, 53, of Broadview Heights
  • Nicholas Ruccella, 49, of Cleveland
  • Gary McNamara, 48, of Bay Village
  • Peter Corso, 47, of Concord
  • Thomas Jurcisin, 51, of Cleveland
  • Daniel Losteiner, 45, of Cleveland

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