Feds Dig Into Blagojevich Pensions

November 09, 2011

Federal prosecutors are digging for data about convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's potential pension income, even though Illinois officials plan to block the disgraced Democrat from getting any state retirement pay.

The Associated Press obtained copies of subpoenas U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office sent last month to two state pension systems. Fitzgerald's spokesman declined to comment.

Blagojevich is prohibited from collecting his $65,000-a-year pension. But he could get back about $130,000 he paid in. And he's set to collect $13,000 annually for six years in Congress.

Blagojevich will be sentenced Dec. 6 on corruption convictions including trying to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. Former federal prosecutor Julian Solotorovsky says prosecutors want to know Blagojevich's net worth to decide whether to request a fine in addition to prison.

Story source: AP

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