I-Team: Cleveland police investigating why dead crossing guard is still being paid

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CLEVELAND - The Fox 8 I-Team has learned Cleveland Police now have moved forward with a criminal investigation into a mystery surrounding paychecks issued in the name of a school crossing guard who had died.

Police have filed a report outlining what a detective believes happened to the money. In short, not a clerical error.

Last month, the I-Team revealed an internal investigation into claims a crossing guard had died, yet the city kept sending out paychecks for that guard, and the checks got cashed.

Now a police report shows an investigation into “theft, telecommunications fraud, and forgery." The report shows the theft went on from October 2014 to April 2015. The report shows, “suspects unknown…falsely endorsed financial documents…and utilized electronic means” to cash the checks.

Of course, people can deposit checks through ATMs or phone apps that allow depositing checks with pictures taken from cell phones.

Cleveland crossing guards get paid $20 per day plus medical benefits.

The Cleveland Police Community Policing Unit oversees crossing guards.

Taxpayers we met wonder how this could happen, and they wonder were the dead crossing guard’s benefits used too?

Investigators are still working to answer all of the questions about the case.