Cuyahoga County

Final firefighter pleads guilty in shift-trade investigation


CLEVELAND -- The last of 13 firefighters facing charges for paying coworkers to cover their shifts entered a guilty plea as expected today.

Calvin Robinson pleaded guilty to complicity to receiving unlawful compensation, a first-degree misdemeanor. The judge ordered Robinson to pay court costs as a result of the plea but did not assess a fine.

Robinson apologized in court saying he was "sorry about the whole situation."

Twelve other firefighters charged as part of a payroll investigation entered guilty pleas on Feb. 10.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty referred to Robinson in a release as the "king of this scheme." According to McGinty in a written statement released following the acceptance of the plea, "During the time under investigation, he missed 8,456 hours of work. That is more than three and a half years away from the job. During 2009, 2010 and the portion of 2011 that investigators also examined, Mr. Robinson showed up to work for a total of 27.4 days. Yet each year he still pocketed roughly $53,890 in salary and received benefits worth another $27,000 -- all while earning substantial income in other enterprises."

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