Former Philly sheriff loses pension 2 months after pleading guilty to taking bribes, kickbacks

Pat Loeb
June 20, 2019 - 4:36 pm
Philadelphia City Hall.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia pension board has voted to yank former Sheriff John Green's pension, which will save taxpayers more than $100,000 a year. 

With 20 years as sheriff and 17 years as a police officer before that, Green would have been eligible for a pension of $8,464 a month. 

But he pleaded guilty in April to steering millions of dollars of sheriff's department contracts to a campaign donor in exchange for bribes that included income for his wife, home renovations and a no interest loan for a retirement property in Florida.

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He faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 1, but the guilty plea triggered a law department appeal to the pension board to disqualify him.

Inspector General Amy Kurland says revoking his pension sends a clear message that the city will take every step available to prevent criminals from benefiting financially at the taxpayers’ expense.

"We think it's a substantial savings for the city and the pension board and we are happy to be collaborating with the pension board and law department to make this work," she said,

Kurland says 10 years ago, the city began the practice of disqualifying city workers convicted of crimes. The city has disqualified 35, while many more have voluntarily withdrawn from the pension.