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More fallout from double-dipping Cleveland Police Commander

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We have learned a Cleveland Police Commander is set to get a six figure City Hall payout, the same man we just exposed raking in big bucks double-dipping.

City Hall says Pat Stephens will get a check for nearly $300 thousand bucks. He played the system for that, a pension, and a salary of $100 grand as a police boss.

We showed you this week Cleveland Police Commander Pat Stephens retired. Days later, he got rehired by the city, and now he can collect a pension and a salary.

We've learned he'll also be getting a check for more than $294,000 in tax dollars from the city--payment for unused sick time, vacation time, comp time and personal holidays.

The payout comes from unused benefits because he retired. But remember, days later he went back on the job.

There's nothing illegal here, he earned those benefits. But cashing in like that and still working makes some Cleveland taxpayers we met fuming mad.

"It was a flaw in the system as it was designed," said one taxpayer.

"No! I'm tired of that," said another concerned Cleveland resident.

We tried talking to Stephens this week at City Hall, and he brushed us off.

Finally, he said he loves being a police officer and loves the city.

City Hall says the $294,000 payment has not actually been made yet.  

It's "pending" or "being processed".

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