BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A former Boardman firefighter pleaded guilty Wednesday in Mahoning County Area Court to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of improper compensation.
Clifford D. Phillips was accused of paying other firefighters to perform his work while he was off duty on a “trade” and still collecting benefits.
The plea followed a long-term investigation by Boardman police, Ohio BCI, the Boardman Fire Department and the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, according to a news release by the Boardman Township Trustees. As part of his plea agreement, Phillips will have to pay $50,411.15 in restitution to the township.
The investigation was prompted by trustees after township administrator Jason Loree voiced concerns regarding the potential trade abuse, the release states.