Convicted PA Lawmaker Gets Pension Restored

HARRISBURG (AP) – A former Pennsylvania lawmaker who served prison time for corruption won his appeal to get his $20,000-a-month pension restored. The State Employees’ Retirement System board voted 6-5 to return former Democrat Sen. Robert Mellow’s pension. The Scranton area lawmaker lost the retirement benefit when he pleaded guilty in May 2012 to allegations that he used taxpayer-funded staff to work on political campaigns. His lawyers argued his crime did not compare to the state crimes listed under the pension forfeiture law. A board spokeswoman says they struggled with the decision.


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