Union Cop Suspended For Not Working Collects $75,000 in Pay While Not Working

An Oklahoma City Police Officer who was suspended for not working hours he says he did, was paid $75,000 for not working during the investigation.
The union cop was indicted this week.

NewsOK reported:

Authorities said Friday that Oklahoma City police Lt. Christopher Gayhart is still collecting a city paycheck even after he was charged Thursday with three felony counts and 10 misdemeanor counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

An Oklahoma City police lieutenant accused of cheating the city by failing to work his entire shifts has collected more than $75,000 in the past 11 months while on administrative leave during the investigation.

Police said Friday that Lt. Christopher Gayhart still is collecting a city paycheck even after he was charged Thursday with three felony counts and 10 misdemeanor counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

Gayhart was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Friday after turning himself in.

His attorney, Irven Box, said Thursday he and his client still were looking into the allegations.

City officials said they have no choice but to keep paying the salaries of employees accused of wrongdoing, sometimes for a year or more, because of complicated disciplinary procedures established as part of negotiations with employee unions.

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