Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes
January 25, 2010
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A veteran Rockford firefighter accused of stealing more than $15,000 from the department by falsifying time sheets has resigned.
Rockford fire lieutenant Brian Watkins stepped down Saturday during a hearing to decide whether he would keep his job. He’d been with the department for nearly 20 years.
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In exchange for his resignation, Watkins leaves the department in good standing and forfeits his accumulated sick time.
Watkins has pleaded not guilty to charges that he used a department computer to forge documents and commit theft.
He’s accused of getting overtime pay for work he didn’t do. His criminal case is still pending.