Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Illinois’ largest pension funds have been paying benefits to hundreds of deceased annuitants, a sign of weak protocols in some taxpayer-subsidized retirement systems.

Like most people whose late spouses drew a government pension, Shirley Ann Gibson began collecting a survivor’s pension after the death of her husband, James E. Gibson, a retired Chicago cop, in 2003.
Five years later, on Dec. 3, 2008, Mrs. Gibson died.
But, to the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, the 67-year-old woman remained very much alive. For four and a half years after her death, fund officials kept direct-depositing her monthly pension payments — nearly $90,000 in all — into her bank account, which her daughter, Erika Gibson, had access to.
Erika Gibson’s involvement in a real estate deal led to questions about the account. That, in turn, led to a police investigation that revealed she hadn’t reported her mother’s death to the pension fund and had been stealing the money, according to court records.
Gibson, 42, of Hammond, Ind., pleaded guilty last December to felony theft. She immediately repaid a portion of the money — $10,050 — to the fund. A Cook County judge sentenced her to four years of probation and ordered her to repay another $77,712, through monthly installments, by the end of 2018.
So far, the pension fund hasn’t gotten any of that additional money.
"We have been in touch with the adult probation department to ascertain why the payments are not being made as promised," says David R. Kugler, the police pension fund’s lawyer.
Gibson couldn’t be reached for comment. Her lawyer says he hasn’t spoken with her since negotiating her plea deal.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Found out that deceased Shirley and John have also been voting in elections in Crook County.

Anonymous said...

The system working as designed, per usual. Everybody wins except the taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

Chicago and Cook County. Most corrupt government agencies in the country.

Anonymous said...

Who fucking needs accountants and
Comptrollers? We got money. My
Union rep. says "Don't worry."

stash the polski guy said...

no different then the 60 minutes story of over 8 million active SSN accounts of people over 100 years of age. their ridiculous response is they dont have the resources to investigate. just cut off benefits. see how many stupid asses come out of the woodwork to whine.

Anonymous said...

I've been dead for 8 years, still collecting.....

Anonymous said...

That's my plan. After I die, throw my body in the swamp and let the gators eat me. Keep those checks coming in.

Special Ed said...

As long as I can hold a cheap can of beer in each hand and bark out the verses of the Talmud like a trained seal, I don't give a damm about police pensions.

Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of no-good commie bunk that ruins America for all of us.