Los Angeles: California officers on leave, face charges in overtime fraud

Los Angeles: California officers on leave, face charges in overtime fraud

LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has suspended the police powers of dozens of officers after discovering they got overtime pay for thousands of unworked hours in a case that could lead to criminal charges, officials said Friday.

An investigation uncovered at least $360,000 in fraudulent overtime pay collected by officers and approved by their supervising sergeants in the agency’s East Los Angeles office between March 2016 and into 2018, said Chief Mark Garrett, head of the agency’s southern division.

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