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Judge rules John B. Barranco should collect pension

John B. Barranco, the former education official under criminal investigation for allegedly siphoning more than $10 million from a Merrimack Valley agency for ­special needs children, will begin collecting his $10,000 monthly teachers pension again, at least temporarily, after a decision reached last week by a Middlesex Superior Court judge.

The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System had cut off Barranco’s pension checks in October 2011, concluding that he had already collected more than $750,000 in pension funds he was not entitled to receive. At the time, the board said it would withhold Barranco’s pension for 6½ years to recoup the money.

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