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McDaniel: Convicted Embezzlers Should Lose Pensions

Kentucky State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill), who represents northern Kenton County in Frankfort, is filing a bill that would prevent public officials convicted of embezzling from keeping their pensions.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Scott Wartman reports:

“A pension is a benefit accrued for exceptional service given, or honorable service,” McDaniel said. “It is not designed for people to commit crimes in office.”

Kentucky law currently requires any public employee convicted of embezzling public funds to forfeit their pension rights and benefits but not their accumulated contributions into the pension system. And for high paid employees, that could be tens of thousands of dollars.

Multiple cases of alleged or proven embezzlement in Northern Kentucky inspired the bill, including the August arrest of former Covington finance director Bob Due and a scathing audit of the former superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo: Sen. Chris McDaniel

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