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Vermont House Panel May Approve Pension Forfeiture Plan

Montpelier — The Vermont House Government Operations Committee is about to complete work on a proposal by Gov. Peter Shumlin to block public employees convicted of certain crimes from collecting their full pensions. Shumlin made the proposal following revelations last year that a long-time Vermont State Police employee, Sgt. James Deeghan, had been padding his overtime reports. Deeghan recently pleaded guilty and faces up to two years in prison and the repayment of more than $200,000 from his pension over six years. The legislation would guard against pensions being paid out when income has been improperly inflated.