2 ex-Pa. officials who pleaded guilty get pensions

Two former state officials who each pleaded guilty to a conflict of interest charge last year after prosecutors dropped more serious charges are collecting state pensions.

Ex-Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Joseph Brimmeier and ex-state Sen. Leanna Washington both also drew hefty one-time payouts.

Citing State Employees’ Retirement System records, the Tribune Review of Pittsburgh reports that Brimmeier’s annual pension is $43,027 after he made a $104,838 lump-sum withdrawal of his contributions, plus 4 percent interest compounded annually.

The newspaper reports that Washington’s annual pension is $42,879 after a $142,437 lump-sum withdrawal.

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Washington admitted to using her taxpayer-funded staff for campaign fundraising. Brimmeier admitted to taking “free hospitality” from an engineering firm and campaign contributions for former Gov. Ed Rendell while making decisions to award contracts to the firm.

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