House Advances Pension Forfeiture Measure

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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 pensions if a former employee is convicted of fraud or embezzlement.

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

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.

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