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Ex-Florida Cop Gets Pension Reinstated After Guilty Plea

May 20, 2020, 6:34 PM

A former Tampa, Fla., police sergeant will have her pension reinstated after a state appeals court ruled Wednesday that the police pension fund was wrong to forfeit her benefits after she pleaded guilty in connection with an alleged tax fraud scheme.

The Tampa Firefighters & Police Officers Pension Fund was wrong to forfeit LaJoyce Houston’s pension benefits, because the record didn’t show that she’d embezzled or committed a felony through her public position, the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, ruled. State law provides specific circumstances for forfeiting a public pension, and the board didn’t show that Houston’s...

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