Pa. may expand list of crimes that would mean loss of pension

    The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is urging lawmakers to expand the list of crimes that, when committed by a public employee, result in a lost pension.

     

    There’s a law to make sure those who use the resources or circumstances of their public employment to commit a crime don’t also collect a state-paid pension.

    Any one of a list of crimes results in pension forfeiture.

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    But Senior Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina says some gaps exist.

    He says pension forfeiture isn’t required of public employees convicted of certain criminal sexual offenses — including the ones on which former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted.

    “Only when the offense is committed by a school employee against a student will it serve to disqualify the public employee defendant from receiving a pension,” he said. “This unfortunately, as the Sandusky case has shown us, is under-inclusive.

    Legislation to tweak the state’s pension forfeiture act is before the House, and one member of the chamber says amendments to broaden it are likely.

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