Q&A Session – Retirement Pay


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


My brother is a federal retiree. He is currently serving time in prison for a crime he committed before he was a federal employee and the conviction was not related to his federal service. Will the felony conviction affect his retirement pay?


Assuming your brother is already retired, the conviction will not affect retirement eligibility. Federal employees lose their retirement when convicted of offenses such as treason, espionage, sabotage and other offenses related to these. Members of Congress have a much broader list of offenses that will result in the Congressman’s loss of an annuity, if convicted.

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