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Convicted Ex-Massachusetts House Speaker Forfeits Pension

The Massachusetts State House

   The imprisoned former speaker of the Massachusetts House, Salvatore DiMassi has been stripped of his state pension.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports

   The Massachusetts Retirement Board voted  Thursday to revoke DiMassi’s  state  pension, which totaled  $60, 142 annually. The board had acted last September to suspend the pension after DiMassi was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for corruption. DiMassi was convicted by a jury on charges related to scheme to steer state contracts to a software company in exchange for a $65,000 payment.  DiMassi’s lawyers filed an appeal last week, in which they argue the government never proved DiMassi accepted money in exchange for official acts.  DiMassi, who is 66, was diagnosed last April with cancer of the tongue and lymph nodes

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.