This may sound similar to other recent stories of the city’s clerical errors, but this incorrect overpayment might have been the result of deliberate deception. An unnamed former Baltimore firefighter had been receiving pension payments while he voluntarily worked as a medical operations officer in the National Guard, payments totaling $478,000 over the past seven years.

That would have been fine if the man’s deployment with the National Guard were involuntary. But it wasn’t. So just for the record, the city does not have a policy of continuing to pay workers after they quit to switch careers.

An investigation determined that the man offered “false information on his application for military leave.” Well, if it all takes is lying on your application, I’ll go for it. I’ll Just get out after six years, before they figure it out and decide that “abuses will not be tolerated.”