While former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon continues to cooperate in a conspiracy investigation connected to his recent guilty plea in a bid-rigging scheme, he is also apparently continuing to collect a pension. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says Bathon continues to collect on a $90,000 a year state pension. With that in mind, he is co-sponsoring legislation that would put an end to criminals collecting taxpayer-funded pensions.
Kay says the state is waiting on a judge to affirm that Bathon has pleaded guilty - a plea that came in February.
House Bill 3665 would close a loophole that allows elected officials and public employees to collect a taxpayer funded pension for felony acts which occurred while working for the taxpayers. Bathon is currently awaiting sentencing as he is apparently cooperating with authorities who continue to investigate others in the conspiracy. He will eventually forfeit his entire public pension as a result of the conviction.