Thirteen northwest suburban police officers were suspended Tuesday after allegations surfaced that they intentionally misrepresented their work hours to receive overtime from federal grant funding.
Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner hired an outside consultant to launch an internal investigation last fall to examine reports provided to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation about grant-funded DUI and seat belt enforcement campaigns, a statement from police said.
The investigation aimed to determine whether officers intentionally misrepresented the hours they worked to receive overtime pay, police said.
The officers were notified Tuesday of the suspensions, which took effect the same day, police said.
Suspensions will range from seven to 60 days, and some officers will be ordered to make restitution ranging from $184 to $787, police said.
"While this is certainly an unpleasant conclusion to a very unfortunate episode, we are eager to move forward," Des Plaines Chief of Police Bill Kushner said in the statement. Now that we have issued discipline and held officers accountable, I believe we are one step closer to putting this matter behind us for good."