Phoenix kidnapping stats whistleblower Sgt. Phil Roberts returns to work

For the first time in eight months, Sgt. Phil Roberts put on a Phoenix police uniform Thursday and returned to work.

It's a day that marks the end of a long legal battle between the city and Roberts, who was fired after blowing the whistle about bad kidnapping statistics.

In 2010, Sgt. Roberts wrote a series of memos to city leaders alleging the police were grossly inflating kidnapping numbers. Federal and city investigations would follow.

Click here for a detailed explanation, history and breakdown for all of the kidnappings Phoenix Police claimed happened in 2008.

Just days after Roberts' allegations, top city leaders held a meeting and decided to place him under internal investigation.

Roberts would eventually be fired. He then filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and retaliation.

The city offered to settle the case in July to avoid taking the case to trial.

ABC15 exclusively obtained the settlement agreement.

As we first reported in July, the city agreed to give Roberts his job back. He will be assigned to work as a patrol sergeant at the Mountain View Precinct.

The agreement also shows that Roberts agreed to drop his lawsuit without a payout. The city also avoided having to pay Roberts' lawyers for legal fees.

But since the city used outside lawyers to handle the case, it left an expensive bill.

Records show, the case cost taxpayers more than $540,000.


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