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Pension fund wants payout to convicted ex-Commissioner Kevin White returned

Another governmental agency is trying to get money back from former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White.

The State Board of Administration sued White earlier this month seeking $68,436 he withdrew from a retirement account after leaving office in 2010.

Under Florida law, public employees convicted of certain crimes, including bribery, are subject to forfeiting their retirement benefits. White, 47, a Democrat, was convicted of seven federal charges in November 2011, including accepting bribes from tow truck drivers seeking favors while he was on the County Commission.

"Plaintiff has therefore forfeited his right to his Investment Plan funds due to his felony conviction of the crimes ... committed within the course and scope of his employment with the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners," the lawsuit reads.

In other words, the SBA, which oversees the state's investments, including the retirement accounts of public employees, says White must return the early payout.

Story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:27pm]

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