A 37-year veteran of the LA Department of Building and Safety will continue to collect his annual pension of more than $72,000 despite being sentenced last month to prison in an FBI corruption case.
Samuel In pleaded guilty in 2013 to accepting more than $30,000 worth in bribes will working as a senior inspector for the department. He was accused of taking advantage of Korean-speaking business owners and was sentenced last month to two and a half years in prison.
Two years ago Governor Jerry Brown signed into a law a measure coercing public employees who have been convicted of a felony to forfeit their benefits that were accumulated during the time the crime was committed. Los Angeles, unlike the State of California, does not prevent convicted employees guilty of felonies from collecting certain retirement benefits as no such provision exists within the city’s charter.
In’s case is not setting well with LA City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who told the Los Angeles Times that he would support city legislation that would prevent such incidences in the future.
“If you are convicted of a felony and were utilizing your position [at a government agency], you should have to forfeit the entire thing,” remarked Englander.
In’s attorney, Harold Greenberg, disagrees and believes his client is entitled to his pension given the collective worth of his 37 years of public service.
“He did a lot of good in the community, not only for the department but for civic groups,” said Greenberg.
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