Cops in Chicago Suburb Covered 2 Jobs at Once; Paid for Both


Two high-ranking police officers in the Chicago suburb of Harvey, Ill., have been reassigned amid a Chicago Tribune investigation that found records showing them working for two communities during the same hours and getting paid by both. The veteran officers each held full-time positions with the department while working security details that paid $19 to $25 an hour for two school districts, according to public records obtained by the newspaper.

The Tribune review found scores of unexplained inconsistencies in which the officers–Roy Wells and Steven Porter, both 52–were reported on duty in Harvey during the same hours they were also getting paid to watch over school halls and sporting events miles away. Harvey officials were tipped off to possible payroll discrepancies in 2011, yet they waited to take key steps to investigate the allegations until after the Tribune requested copies of time cards this summer.

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