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Former Sheriff Jenne must forfeit pension



Former Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne must forfeit his $134,000-a-year pension because of the federal felony conviction that sent him to prison in 2007, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

A former state senator from Fort Lauderdale, Jenne pled guilty to mail fraud and income tax evasion because of a series of covert financial transactions while he was sheriff.

Jenne appealed an administrative decision to strip him of his pension because Florida law requires it when a public official is convicted of a felony involving a breach of his public trust.

Jenne, in a plea bargain, admitted he used his public office for private benefit, the court ruled in an opinion written by Judge Phil Padovano.

Mark Herron, the Tallahassee lawyer who represents Jenne, said he is looking at options to see if an appeal should be filed.

--Lucy Morgan, Times senior corresponent

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:30am]


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