“I do not consider him a flight risk and he is not a danger to the public,” Gmoser said.
Houston, a 22-year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid leave pending a pre-disciplinary hearing and the outcome of his criminal case, according to Scott Scrimizzi, Director of Public Safety for the City of Hamilton.
“This type of behavior is intolerable,” Scrimizzi said “Public servants are held to the highest of standards and we will not breach the public’s trust.”
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Last year a similar case was as prosecuted when a Middletown Division of Fire captain submitted a fake doctor's note to extend his medical leave.
Greg Justice of Springboro, pleaded guilty to forgery and retired from the department. He was placed on three years probation. He forged his doctor’s signature on medical records that allowed him to stay at home rather than returning to duty from medical leave.
Discrepancies on paperwork submitted by Justice raised suspicions with Middleown fire officials, according to prosecutors.
Gmoser said it is a coincidence that the similar cases involve fire departments, but said such fraudulent activity may be more widespread than is known.
“I doubt very much if it is just isolated to fire departments. The opportunity to use the human resources department for submission of doctors excuses can get loose, not only in government, but in private employment too,” Gmoser said.