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BOZEMAN - Gallatin County sheriff's deputies who sued to recover wages they say they did not receive because of a faulty pay policy are expected to receive their money Friday.

County officials planned to deliver the checks to the sheriff's office for back pay and penalties ranging from $13,500 to about $81,500.

In December, District Judge John Brown ruled the county had inadequately paid 52 of is sheriff's deputies since 2007.

The county and attorneys for the deputies reached an agreement for a $3.7 million payment, including $2.2 million in back wages.

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One lieutenant is owed about $81,500 before taxes and benefits are withheld. However, county officials say he will not pay taxes on $21,000 in penalties, which is meant to make up for lost investment opportunities.

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