Monessen ordered to return $54,390 to the police pension fund

"the contracting was so bad that there was zero documentation"

The Inside Story With Marty Griffin
July 12, 2018 - 1:08 pm
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announces another audit of the Port Authority.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA)  – Citing concerns with the procurement process in selecting a new investment fund pension manager, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin he will withhold future state pension aid from the City of Monessen until the issue is resolved.

Monessen officials did not follow state law and the city’s own procurement procedures adopted in 2011 in replacing its long-time investment firm last year, including having no records explaining how the new firm was selected, according to DePasquale’s recently completed audit which examined the police and firemen’s pension plans from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2016.

“The contract bidding process was fatally flawed,” DePasquale said. “The city provided no documents, minutes or records explaining why one firm was selected over another, as required by law. The appearance of a conflict of interest further clouds the issue.

DePasquale told Griffin, The audit also found that a retired police officer received $54,390 in ineligible benefits from April 2016 until July 2017 when the benefits were suspended. The officer received a $3,399 monthly benefit though he was not eligible for his pension until 2023.

 

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