MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A measure to bar Vermont public employees convicted of certain crimes from collecting their retirement pensions appears to be gaining support.
The House passed the measure on Friday and sent it on to the Senate, while the boards that govern state employee, teacher and municipal employee retirement funds all endorsed it.
The bill would allow a court to block a public employee from receiving some or all of the retirement benefits that otherwise would be due if that person had been convicted of fraud or embezzlement.
The legislation follows an investigation last year that found former Vermont State Police Sgt. James Deeghan had padded his paychecks and prospective pension by falsely reporting overtime. Deeghan pleaded guilty last month and will make restitution.