LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office, the former chief of the fire department at the Pine Bluff Arsenal pled guilty to presenting a false claim to collect overtime pay for time he did not work.
Thomas James Braumuller, 54, was a firefighter with the Dept. of Defense, but began working in Pine Bluff in May of 2004. He was promoted to chief in 2006.
Officials say that as chief, Braumuller received around $115,000 in base-pay annually, not including unscheduled overtime. From Jan. 2009 to March 2011, Braumuller submitted false records to collect overtime pay for time he hadn't worked.
According to officials, Braumuller collected $133,974.45 of unscheduled overtime. He resigned as chief in March of 2011.
Officials say Braumuller could receive no more than five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He remains free as sentence is pending, which will be set by the court at a later date.