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NEWORLEANS - A New Orleans Police Department sergeant was fired for billing the department overtime for rape investigations when he was actually not on the job at all, according to the NOPD.

John Hunter was dismissed from duty on Wednesday after a lengthy, undercover Public Integrity Bureau investigation revealed that he had committed payroll fraud, police said.

He was attending to personal matters when he claimed to be working, according to the NOPD.

'We don't agree with the decision on the allegations,' Hunter's attorney, Eric Hessler of PANO, said. 'Not only that, we're also going to appeal on the fact that the department violated the law by exceeding the 120-day time limit for this administrative investigation. We fully expect to win and we fully expect Sgt. Hunter will get his job back.'

Hunter was assigned to the Sex Crime Unit in 2011.

He was a 16 year veteran and most recently assigned to the Eighth District.

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