No crime too big to take away a public pension

Liz Krueger

April 05, 2009

By Susan Schulman

Being a crooked cop can cost a police officer his job, his reputation and even his freedom. But not his pension.

Consider Buffalo Detective Sylvestre Acosta, who is serving 45 years in prison, and also collecting a $40,544 annual pension. Or fellow narcotics investigator Gerald T. Skinner, whose $54,751 disability pension was approved while he was behind bars.

It’s the same way with dishonest politicians, like former State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, who pleaded guilty to defrauding the government but continues collecting his $166,467 annual pension.

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