• Vermont House advances pension forfeiture
    February 16,2013

    MONTPELIER — The Vermont House has advanced a proposal to block public employees convicted of certain crimes from collecting their full pensions.

    The bill would allow a court to order the forfeiture of state or municipal employee or teacher pensions if a former employee is convicted of fraud or embezzlement.

    Gov. Peter Shumlin made the proposal following revelations last year that a long-time Vermont State Police employee, Sgt. James Deeghan, had been padding his overtime reports.

    Deeghan recently pleaded guilty and faces up to two years in prison and the repayment of more than $200,000 from his pension over six years.

    Pensions typically are based on a person’s last three years of income. The legislation would guard against pensions being paid out when that income was improperly inflated.

    MORE IN This Just In
    It will be a busy week in gubernatorial politics with two candidates holding formal campaign... Full Story
    KABUL, Afghanistan Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital... Full Story
    Bombing at Afghan clinic kills at least 19
    Low-income mothers will soon have more choices of food for their families through a pre-exisiting... Full Story
    More Articles
    • VIDEOS
    • PHOTOS