Board Stops Pension Payments To Former Lobbyist

The state retirement board is immediately stopping pension payments to a former high-profile lobbyist.

State Treasurer Steve Grossman says an investigation shows Richard McDonough did no actual work for the state at the Merrimack Education Collaborative.

"Mr. McDonough tried to fraudulently pass himself off as a state employee to gain access to the state retirement system," Grossman said. "He was not entitled to the state pension and benefits granted to him."

After a hearing, Grossman says the state will try to recoup pension payments wrongly made to McDonough.

The former lobbyist is currently serving a seven-year federal prison sentence, after pleading guilty in the corruption case involving former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.

This program aired on February 23, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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