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Pension Records Of Suspended Coventry Chief Probed

State officials are reviewing pension records of Coventry Fire District Chief Paul Labbadia who's being investigated for possible misconduct.

WPRI reports that in a Nov. 21 letter it obtained, Frank Karpinski, executive director of the Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island, asked Chief Paul Labbadia for information showing he worked in North Providence for the 10 years required to receive a pension credit.

Karpinski said there may be a discrepancy between years Labbadia worked and what he was paid.

Labbadia's lawyer declined to comment.

Labbadia was suspended with pay Nov. 3 after a news video report showed him drinking alcohol during the workday, using a department-paid vehicle for golfing during work and driving the fire vehicle to a party. He denied wrongdoing and says he's on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



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