Convicted Ex-Massachusetts House Speaker Forfeits Pension

Aug 30, 2012

   The imprisoned former speaker of the Massachusetts House, Salvatore DiMassi has been stripped of his state pension.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports

   The Massachusetts Retirement Board voted  Thursday to revoke DiMassi’s  state  pension, which totaled  $60, 142 annually. The board had acted last September to suspend the pension after DiMassi was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for corruption. DiMassi was convicted by a jury on charges related to scheme to steer state contracts to a software company in exchange for a $65,000 payment.  DiMassi’s lawyers filed an appeal last week, in which they argue the government never proved DiMassi accepted money in exchange for official acts.  DiMassi, who is 66, was diagnosed last April with cancer of the tongue and lymph nodes