September 1, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas officials who cancelled a fire academy graduation amid allegations of cheating say the scandal cost the city almost three-quarters of a million dollars.
City spokesman David Riggleman says the city invested more than $51,000 per recruit for the 18-week academy, mostly to pay students salaries and benefits. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the 14 recruits won't have to return that money to the city.
Graduation was scheduled for Feb. 14, but was put on hold as officials investigated reports that students cheated on a written test. The city announced Tuesday that the investigation into the recruits was complete, and they wouldn't be graduating.
Riggleman said participants in the disqualified class will be allowed to reapply to the academy, but will have to compete against other applicants.