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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
Bob McDonnell May Lose Pension Under Law He Signed
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)

(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.

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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? (Read more Bob McDonnell stories.)

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