Convicted state lawmaker gets pension restored
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A former Pennsylvania lawmaker who served prison time for corruption has won his appeal to get his $20,000-a-month pension restored.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported Tuesday the State Employees’ Retirement System board voted 6-5 to return former Democratic State Sen. Robert Mellow’s pension.
Mellow lost the retirement benefit when he pleaded guilty in May 2012 to allegations that he used taxpayer-funded staff to work on political campaigns. After serving for 40 years, the Scranton-area legislator was entitled to $246,000 a year.
His lawyers argued his crime didn’t compare to the state crimes listed under the pension forfeiture law.
A board spokeswoman says they struggled with the decision. All 11 members declined comment or were unable to be reached.
Mellow’s lawyer says he is “pleased that the law was followed.”