- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Federal labor regulators say the state Department of Transportation has paid Gov. Scott Walker’s bodyguards more than half-a-million dollars in overdue overtime.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a statement Wednesday that its investigators determined the DOT owed nine members of the Dignitary Protection Unit, which provides security for Walker, $577,189 in overtime earned between May 2013 and May 2015. The unit is made up of state troopers. Their pay comes out of DOT’s budget because the State Patrol is an agency division.

The department ordered DOT to award the overtime pay in August. Wednesday’s statement puts a dollar amount on how much the state owed.

A DOT spokeswoman says the agency made the payment in November and has changed its payroll system to comply with federal regulations.

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This story has been updated to correct the day of the week the Department of Labor issued the statement. The agency released it on Wednesday, not Monday.

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