slides: Corrupt Providence Officials and Their Pensions
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Related Slideshow: Pensions for Corrupt Providence Officials
Below is information on the official misbehavior of corrupt former city officials and how much they are getting in pensions. Total payment figures cover 2010 through 2015 and are calculated using the 2009 pension payment. The number provided is a rough estimate. Because the pension has increased each year, the total amount paid should actually be higher than the estimated amount.
The Police Chief under former Mayor Buddy Cianci, Urbano Prignano admitted under oath during the Operation Plunder Dome trial that he had given a cheat sheet to an officer taking a promotional exam. Prignano said he had done so for fear that the candidate would allege racial discrimination were she denied promotion. Prignano left his position in 2001. His eventual replacement was Dean Esserman.
Major Martin Hames was another senior Providence Police Department official implicated in the testing scandal during Operation Plunder Dome. A 2003 investigative report commissioned by the Police Department noted that Hames, who had served as chair for the promotional board of at least one of the exams, had knowledge that the officers taking the exam had been given a cheat sheet.
Capt. John Ryan was the third member of the Providence brass caught up in the testing scandal. In 2008, after the city retirement board moved to cut his pension, Ryan sued. The state Supreme Court ruled in his favor in early 2011, holding that under the old Honorable Service Ordinance a criminal conviction was necessary for pension revocation.
Ryan’s attorney told the Boston Globe the retirement board had acted unfairly. “If you ever cheated in school, if you ever cheated while you were on your job, does that mean you lose your entire pension?” he asked.
A former top aide to Buddy Cianci, Frank Corrente was convicted on six corruption charges including racketeering, bribery, and extortion conspiracy in 2001. Corrent’s pension was initially suspended, then reinstated at a partial amount corresponding to his first period as a city employee, which was not covered the corruption chargers. The city has spent almost $200,000 fighting the partial pension.
Frank Corrente Pension
Retirement Date: July 4, 1999
Initial Pension: $70,575
Reduced Pension: $22,231
NOTE: After his conviction on federal corruption charges in 2001, Corrente’s pension was suspended. He served four and a half years in prison. After his release, the retirement board voted in August 2008 to allow him to collect a reduced pension. But those payments have been suspended pending the outcome of the legal action.
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