Scottsdale Police Retirees Sue City Over Medical Leave Pay Foul-Up

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Ten retired Scottsdale police officers are suing in federal court over tens of thousands in medical-leave pay they claim to have been shorted.

The employees include: former Scottsdale police public information officer Sam Bailey; Bill Zeller (who once made the news for arresting a Scottsdale high school student because he disobeyed an order to stop wearing his hat sideways); former lieutenant Steve Yturralde; Doug McCumber, director of a Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police lodge; Bill Moloney, former program manager for Scottsdale's photo radar program, and five others.

The federal complaint, which names the city and city manager David Richert as defendants, claims each officer was shorted between $9,400 and $21,505 in pay because the city incorrectly put their accrued medical leave pay in accounts that were taxed too much. 

The former cops are now looking for triple damages, plus their attorneys fees.

They say the city admitted to the mistake but refused to correct it.

Besides the officers, there are probably a few boat dealerships that can't wait to win this one.

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