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Officer accused of taking thousands in fake overtime pay

June 19, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A veteran East St. Louis police officer has been accused of taking thousands of dollars in fraudulent overtime pay.

A federal grand jury indictment alleges Mario Fennoy of Lebanon obtained overtime compensation from the East St. Louis Police Department for nearly a year.

From April 2017 to March 2018, Fennoy submitted more than 50 bogus requests for overtime pay, billing the city for more than 200 hours, the indictment alleges. The fraudulent overtime pay boosted Fennoy’s salary from, $69,382 to more than $200,000.

U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft said Fennoy started submitting false claims for overtime pay in 2018 while he was working as a patrol sergeant. He was a member of the department for 21 years.

Fennoy could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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