I TEAM: did city pay dead crossing guard?

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CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned Cleveland Police are investigating claims the city kept paying a crossing guard who had died. The investigation is looking into whether this went on for months, or even a couple of years.

We’ve learned a City Hall audit helped to discover discrepancies. Now a police internal investigation is underway.

The I TEAM has been asking how long  it went on, did someone approve payments to a dead person, and what actually happened to the money? City Hall says it can’t comment on an investigation.

The city does say Cleveland crossing guards  get paid $20.50 a day plus medical, prescription, and dental insurance benefits.

Councilman Brian Kazy has raised questions about the Cleveland crossing guard system before.  Kazy said, “There’s got to be a lack of oversight obviously on somebody’s part.” “And he added, “The majority of people that take these crossing guard jobs don’t do it for the salary, they do it for the benefits. We know that the checks have been cashed, at least, and the money’s gone, but what we need to further find out is whether the benefits have been used as well.”

It is not clear how long the investigation may take.