HARRISBURG, PA — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently applauded the signing of a new law that will stop public officials convicted of a job-related felony from collecting a taxpayer-paid pension.
“It is long past time that we hold public officials who commit felonies accountable and stop them from collecting a taxpayer-paid pension,” he said. “No public employee or official should be able to receive pension benefits after using his or her position to commit a felony.”
DePasquale called for an overhaul of the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act when he released his 2017 audits of the state’s major public pension plans.
On March 28, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 1 of 2019 which expands the list of crimes that require pension forfeiture to include all state or federal felonies. It also requires the courts notify benefits administrators to immediately halt pension payments upon a guilty plea, a no contest plea or a conviction. The old law allowed payments to continue until sentencing.
“I am calling on SERS and PSERS to immediately put in place procedures so that the new law is followed and no benefits are paid to an ineligible person,” DePasquale said.
Learn more about the Department of the Auditor General online at www.paauditor.gov.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General
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