Massachusetts cuts off state pension for convicted former lobbyist

Corruption news for Massachusetts, from the Boston Globe:

The state retirement board today voted to stop pension payments to lobbyist Richard W. McDonough, concluding “there is no credible evidence” that he was doing full-time public work during the years he was listed as the public affairs director for an agency that serves special needs students.

McDonough, once one of the state’s most powerful lobbyists, was convicted last year of corruption, along with his friend, former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi. Inspector General Gregory Sullivan (pictured, right) found that McDonough’s position at the special education collaborative was a ruse to get him on the public payroll in order to get medical benefits and a pension.

Read the rest of the story at the Boston Globe.

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