State Legislature to reform school lawyer pensions

Legislative leaders are backing a law to prohibit so-called double dipping when a private practice a
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Legislative leaders are backing a law to prohibit so-called double dipping when a private practice attorney collects state pension benefits for school district work.

The bill pending approval in the Senate and Assembly would make pension fraud a felony. Violators could be forced to pay back three times the amount they collected.

The measure follows New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s investigation into a decades-old practice of providing state pension credits to lawyers contracted to do work for school districts.

So far, several law firms and lawyers have settled with Cuomo and — while not admitting any guilt — paid back $900,000 in benefits and contributions.

Cuomo is appointing a lawyer to continue investigating pension fraud.

Categories: Schenectady County

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