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Chicago firefighters investigated for false claims

The alarming allegations affect nearly 80 percent of the Fire Prevention Bureau


By Fran Spielman
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — More than 80 firefighters assigned to the Chicago Fire Department's scandal-scarred Fire Prevention Bureau are under internal investigation for allegedly falsifying mileage used to reimburse them for use of their personal vehicles to conduct inspections.

The alarming allegations affecting nearly 80 percent of the bureau's 108 employees follow an exhaustive audit by Inspector General Joe Ferguson that identified alleged abuses that might have cost Chicago taxpayers "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in 2009 alone.

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