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.
I am a 52-year-old excepted service employee with nearly 14 years of service under the FERS retirement system. I just received a notice of removal for misconduct prior to my federal service. Specifically, I entered an Alford plea (nolo contendre) to one felony. Since my offense was not treason or espionage, will I be entitled to a deferred annuity? When and how do I apply?
Yes. You may receive a deferred annuity at age 62. Please do not withdraw your contributions to the FERS program.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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