Mayor’s Bodyguard Under Investigation, Overtime Questioned
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Entries on the mayor’s bodyguard’s time cards have raise some red flags.
And now police are wondering whether he, and not the mayor, is responsible for the discrepancies.
Fred Crawford was seen in August on his way to testify before a federal grand jury.
His focus – his duties as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s bodyguard, and what he alleged the mayor ordered him to do.
“There have been a lot of taxpayers’ dollars wasted on overtime for bodyguards just so the mayor could have a designated driver and a chauffeur while he caroused late into the early morning hours,” defense attorney Bob Stewart said back in August.
Now Police are taking a look at the time sheet reports, filed by Crawford while he worked on the Mayor’s security detail.
“I’m going to ask for an investigation,” said Pittsburgh Police Chief Regina McDonald. “I’m going to send the documents to OMI.”
Some of the red flags the department’s Office of Municipal Investigations and an auditor will look at include a time sheet asking for 15-and-a-half hours of overtime on one day and another submitted for 13 hours on the same days.
To the Police Chief, at first blush it looks like Crawford may have been paid 28-and-a-half hours of overtime for one day.
“I don’t know, that’s one of the things OMI will have to look at,” McDonald said. “How it went beyond the 24 hours worked and how that happened.”
The chief says there are other discrepancies that must be investigated – time cards submitted twice on the same day with different hours, the wrong hours on different days – all red flags for the police chief.
“This information was brought to my attention,” she said, “I think it’s important to forward it to OMI so they can include it in their ongoing investigation now.”