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Friday, October 17, 2008

Another Greedy Lawyer Caught Up in Pension Probe

Another NY Lawyer Caught Up in Pension Probe
The New York Law Journal by Joel Stashenko - October 17, 2008

A former partner at the Albany law firm at the center of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's probe of lawyers improperly enrolled in public pension systems has agreed to give back $250,000 to the state and its Common Retirement Fund. Mr. Cuomo said yesterday that E. Michael Ruberti improperly earned pension credits from 1991 to 1995 while listed as an employee of the Troy Central Schools District. In fact, the attorney general said Mr. Ruberti was employed at the Albany firm now known as Girvin & Ferlazzo and was working as an independent contractor for the district. Mr. Ruberti will give back $250,000 in pension benefits to the state and pay another $20,000 as part of his settlement, according to Mr. Cuomo. The attorney general said another $407,500 that Mr. Ruberti has received in public pension funds since his retirement in 1995 will not be affected by the settlement because the lawyer met the criteria while working for the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services to properly be classified as a public employee. Girvin & Ferlazzo agreed to pay the state $500,000 under an earlier settlement in the pension investigation with Mr. Cuomo's office, and several current or former partners have also settled with the state and lost public pension payments.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

HEY CUOMO GO AND AUDIT THE ACCOUNTS OF GARY I. GREENWALD IN CHESTER, NEW YORK. I BET YOU, YOU'LL FIND MORE THAN MISHANDLING FUNDS. THIS RAT HAS A LOT TO HIDE AND I BET THE IRS AND THE FEDS WILL FEAST ON THIS MAFIA WANNABE. FOLLOW THE TRIAL OF DIRTY MONEY ALL THE WAY TO A LITTLE BANK IN MIDDLETOWN.

Anonymous said...

anyone know what the Attorney Discipline Committees are doing about all the lawyers involved in the systematic pension abuse scandals? are the attorneys just allowed to pay their way out thru fines and reimbursement?

angry joe said...

If there was just a little attorney ethics oversight, then most of the outrageous acts would simply stop. Now the corrupt lawyers know they can get away with ANYTHING.

Anonymous said...

Saint Andrew was going to end corruption with an amnesty plan. But,Saint Andrew's heart bleeds for the poor lawyers and judges who went to Law School with lofty motives. Saint Andrew knows that the Moral Hazard in NY Courts is so high that even the most ethical of his fellow lawyers are unable to resist. Saint Andrew wants you to see his compassion.

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