Bob McDonnell May Lose Pension Under Law He Signed

Former Virginia governor is now a felon
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Dr.Benway
Posted Sep 6, 2014 11:33 AM CDT
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves at Federal Court after the first day of jury deliberations in his corruption trial in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) New felon Bob McDonnell might have a much lighter wallet thanks to a bill that he signed into law in his former life as a governor. As CBS 6 explains, the 2011 Virginia law prohibits state employees from collecting their pensions if convicted of a felony. The misdeed must be related to on-the-job conduct, which would seem to be the case here, though the Washington Post says it's "still unclear" whether McDonnell will have to forfeit the money.

In a story written well before the ex-governor's corruption trial began, the Richmond Times-Dispatch estimated McDonnell's annual pension would be about $65,000. The strange quirk that could save him: The law stipulates that the employee's supervisor must alert the state's retirement system that benefits should be suspended. But who, exactly, is the governor's supervisor?

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