Apparent Scam Costs The City Of Fort Worth Big Money

By Joel Thomas, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An apparent scam between nine police officers to collect un-worked overtime hours will cost the City of Fort Worth far more than first thought.

Those officers are accused of falsifying traffic tickets to collect overtime pay for hours they didn’t work. Each of them has either quit or has since been fired. All face charges of tampering.

The officers’ pay came from a state-funded highway safety program. Now, the State of Texas wants its money back.

“Well, its pretty embarrassing for the city,” said Mayor Mike Moncrief. “Its embarrassing for the police department. I know it’s embarrassing for the chief and command staff and all of our officers, quite frankly.”

The city figured over a year’s time the officers were paid more than $95,000 for hours they didn’t work. The state says that’s not good enough. It wants reimbursement for all three years the officers worked for the program: $231,000.

“Whether all those hours were improper or not, I don’t know,” said Councilman Carter Burdette. “It may be the state just said given what we found with respect to those individuals to be on the safe side we want to get it all back.”

“Its a couple of hundred thousand dollars we didn’t foresee having to take out of the kitty,” Moncrief said. “We could certainly have used that to continue to close our gap or to see that it didn’t widen.”

But the city will reimburse the state. Now budget planners will have to dig into other programs or emergency funds for the cash.

“We either have those allocated in programs for the police department or we may take them out of unallocated surplus funds we have,” Burdette said. “Somebody’s going to pay for it.”

Burdette said the funds will not cost city tax payers any more in the future since the money will have to come out of the current budget. The city has asked for reimbursement for $105,483 dollars for overtime worked on the program this year. The state will hold that money and apply it to $231,364.82 debt the city owes.

Mayor Moncrief said he thinks city and police leaders have learned a lesson and will be much more vigilant for fraud in the future.

“We owe the people of this city better,” Moncrief said.


One Comment

  1. olpap says:

    heheehe, lets just not ever go west of I35 agaiin. been there done that …..

  2. C douthitt says:

    and the officers are reimbursing the city for these unearned $$ ? or are they in jail?

  3. RangerFan says:

    Those officers need to join us on this side of the badge, that is to say, they need to go down to the courthouse and get on a payment play, and start paying up. After they serve there sentence that is. And find another job cause they sure failed at being a cop

  4. Texas Technoman says:

    The state needs it because they are a bit behind on paying Gubner’s $10,000 per month rent…..

  5. darrell says:

    wouldnt that make the tickets issued fraudulent? they would have been officially reported with dates/times incorrectly in violation of the law. FWPD is starting to look like it has an integrity problem. first you have murder by a police officer and now this. whats next, is the drug unit running crack houses too?

  6. alwayslistening says:

    Let the city’s legal department sue them for the money that the city has to pay back. Some of them are drawing retirement so they have funds to pay it back.

  7. Wayne says:

    Who’s laughing NOW…it sure AIN’T Ft. Worthless.

  8. FedUpTxn says:

    Honesty, integrity, morality, virtue are all officially dead in this country. RIP Money is now the official God.

  9. Truth_Exposer says:

    Law enforcement officers throughout the country are out-of-control. More than 50,000 are convicted each year of the most heinous crimes imaginable.!/InjusticeNews

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