Committ A Crime While In Public Office, Lose Pension

State Representative Dwight Kay

State Representative Dwight Kay

Public officials who are convicted of crimes should have their pensions taken away.  That’s according to State Representative Dwight Kay who says he was outraged after hearing that former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon is still cashing in on a $90,000-a-year pension.  Bathon pleaded guilty back in February to rigging property tax auctions, but his sentencing date isn’t until December, which means he’s cashed in on about $60,000 since admitting to his crime.  Kay is co-sponsoring a bill that would cut-off pension benefits for public officials who are convicted of crimes linked to their public service, like bribery, intimidation, theft, and taking financial kickbacks.