Feds: State has paid $577,000 in overtime to Gov. Scott Walker's bodyguards

MADISON — 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 issued a statement Wednesday said its investigators determined the DOT owed nine members of its Dignitary Protection Unit, which provides around-the-clock security for Walker, $577,189 in overtime earned between May 2013 and May 2015. The unit is made up of state troopers. Since the State Patrol is a DOT division, their pay comes out of that agency's budget.

The Department of Labor ordered the DOT to award the overtime pay in August. Wednesday's statement puts a dollar amount on how much the state owed.

The statement doesn't say when the state made the payments. DOT officials didn't immediately respond to an email message.