CLE Firefighter Accused of Sending Phony Email

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A firefighter has been accused of impersonating a high-ranking city official.

A disciplinary hearing will be held soon for firefighter Thomas McGowan, who is accused of rule violations.

According to his disciplinary charge letter dated Oct. 11, he is accused of sending two emails to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office seeking the prosecution of former Fire Chief Darryl McGinnis.

“The email senders were fictitiously named as Martin Flask and Fred Penner,” the discipline letter states. Flask is the city’s safety director.

The discipline letter states that after an investigation, it was determined the emails originated from McGowan’s home and were sent from an internet account which named McGowan as the subscriber.

If found guilty of the charges, he could face up to 10 days off without pay.

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