MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law changes to the pension system allowing judges to order public employees to forfeit some or all of their pensions if they are convicted of certain financial crimes.
The law applies to felonies like embezzlement, theft, bribery and other crimes that involve an abuse of public office for financial gain.
Shumlin said Wednesday the law will help protect taxpayers when an employee is convicted of fraud or other financial crimes linked to his or her public office.
The measure won’t be applied to cases already prosecuted or being prosecuted; the changes will apply to new convictions.
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