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DiMasi Co-Defendant Losing His Pension

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BOSTON (AP) — A co-defendant of convicted former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is no longer receiving his pension.

The state Retirement Board voted Thursday to end payments to Richard McDonough, and will take a final vote at its next meeting after hearing a presentation by McDonough’s lawyer.

The board found no credible evidence McDonough conducted public work full time while on the payroll of the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative. The state inspector general has said McDonough earned $80,000 a year but didn’t have an office or telephone and there was no evidence he did any work.

Meanwhile, DiMasi’s attorney tells the Boston Herald he’ll try to recover $30,000 in benefits the Retirement Board denied to DiMasi at hearing Monday.

DiMasi was convicted last year of extortion, fraud and conspiracy. McDonough was convicted of fraud and conspiracy.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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