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State freezes indicted college president's pension

DrBob-RichburgThe college president who was indicted along with Rep. Ray Sansom will not be able to draw a monthly state pension while he awaits an outcome of the criminal charges.

The Department of Management Services has sent Bob Richburg, who was president of Northwest Florida State College until being fired last week, a letter to say his benefits will be suspended "and will remain suspended until such time as the criminal charge has been determined by the court." (read letter here.)

Richburg is one of the so-called double dippers, a state employee who "retired" briefly then was rehired to the same job but with a pension. Richburg got a lump sum of $553,228 in 2007 and started collecting a monthly pension of $8,803 in addition to his $228,000 annual salary.

Richburg and Sansom were indicted last month on official misconduct charges for allegedly getting $6 million in taxpayer money for a college building a grand jury said would benefit a private developer, Jay Odom.

Both Richburg and Sansom have said they will be cleared and that the building -- which the college trustees scrapped last week -- was designed as an emergency operations and training center.

A conviction could carry steep costs. Richburg would lose any remaining pension and would have to repay what he has collected under DROP. Sansom did not get a similar letter because he is not yet drawing a pension.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:59pm]


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