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Massachusetts Public Worker Loses $1.5 Million Pension for Crime

Jan. 14, 2022, 8:39 PM

A longtime Massachusetts state and municipal worker who forfeited a pension worth more than $1.5 million after pleading guilty to job-related crimes lost his lawsuit claiming the forfeiture was an unconstitutional excessive fine, according to a state appeals court ruling.

The pension forfeiture wasn’t “grossly disproportionate” to the gravity of the worker’s offenses and therefore didn’t violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on excessive fines, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts said in an opinion issued Friday. That’s true even though the worker’s pension—valued at more than $1.5 million—"far exceeds” the value of other retirement forfeitures upheld by courts within the commonwealth, ...

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