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Friday, December 11, 2009

Legislators target double-dipping

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM

A legislative committee voted today to expand its look at double-dipping by public employees -- drawing both retirement and regular pay.

In many cases, the practice was authorized by law. But at least seven elected county officials apparently didn't follow the required course of fully retiring before then retaking jobs to qualify for double-dips. The Public Employees Retirement System is refusing to identify these seven as it attempts to be repaid for improper benefits. It developed at the meeting today that Jefferson County Assessor Larry Fratesi is among the questionable double-dippers and several called for his resignation from the board of the Retirement System.

Legislators want to know more about employees in state government enjoying two checks and whether they fully severed employment -- cell phones, cars, etc. -- before qualifying for the second check.

This is Rep. Allen Kerr's baby. It looks like it might have legs.

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