ITAL­IAN FIRE­MEN ‘STARTED FIRES TO RE­CEIVE BONUSES’

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Rome, Italy - Fif­teen fire­fight­ers have been ar­rested in Si­cily on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing started fires in order to re­ceive bonus pay­ments, po­lice on the Ital­ian is­land said on Mon­day.

The fire­men are al­leged to have faked dis­tress calls as part of the plan to re­ceive the pay­ments of around € 10 per hour handed out by the state for work­ing in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

A num­ber of the 15 vol­un­teer fire­men ar­rested are sus­pected of ar­son. Lo­cal fire ser­vice au­thor­i­ties had no­ticed an ab­nor­mal num­ber of in­ter­ven­tions by the team and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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