Firefighter pleads guilty to cheating dept.

August 7, 2009 4:23:18 AM PDT
A southwest suburban firefighter has entered a guilty plea to allegations that he cheated his department by pretending he was serving in Iraq. Steven Slawinski was sentenced to two years' probation following his plea in court Wednesday. He was charged with felony theft, official misconduct and forgery.

Prosecutors say Slawinski scammed the Lemont Fire Protection District out of nearly $30,000 in salary and benefits.