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Convicted state workers’ pensions at risk

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A bill allowing Maine courts to order the forfeiture of retirement benefits for a state employee convicted of a crime was signed into law by Governor Paul LePage Friday, bringing Maine into line with more than 15 other states that have pension forfeiture laws. What became known as the “Violette bill’’ surfaced amid a scandal in which Paul Violette, former executive director of Maine turnpikes, was sent to jail for theft of public funds. The new law will allow the court to award the pension to the spouse, dependent, or former spouse of the convicted employee.

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