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November 17, 2009
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Md. probes whether cops were paid for bogus classes

Washington Examiner

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Montgomery County's inspector general's office is probing whether a large number of public safety employees were taking taxpayer-funded training courses while being paid to be on duty, including some classes being investigated for fraud, The Examiner has learned.

One official said most of the employees being investigated were police officers. County employees are prohibited from taking courses through the tuition assistance program while on duty, and are supposed to sign a form acknowledging that rule when applying for the program.

Some of the employees under scrutiny are believed to have taken training classes that are at the center of an ongoing county fraud investigation, said officials who declined to be quoted by name. Police officers and others allegedly attended classes where they could buy sniper rifles and expensive handguns subsidized by county taxpayers.

Read full story: Montgomery County probes whether cops were paid for bogus classes

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