Risi wins in the end and Herkimer pay...

Risi wins in the end and Herkimer pays up

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Flame away boys

Syracuse, NY

#1 Feb 3, 2010
A former Herkimer police investigator who pleaded guilty to gambling away more than $15,000 he stole from his department’s evidence room still will get retirement benefits.
The Herkimer Village Board voted Monday to pay Robert Risi, 42, a total of nearly $13,200 for accrued benefits from his 18 years on the force.
Risi also will receive annual state pension benefits of $29,497.68, which is based on years of service and salary, state Comptroller’s Office spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said.
Mayor Mark Ainsworth said the village is “obliged” to pay Risi because he entered a letter of intent for retirement prior to any charges being filed or his subsequent conviction.
“It’s the law,” Ainsworth said.
The money Risi is getting from the village is a combination of accrued sick time, vacation time and personal days, as well as longevity benefits and early retirement incentives, village officials said.
He was eligible for retirement after serving in law enforcement for 20 years, including 18 years with Herkimer and two with another department, Ainsworth said.
Risi was indicted in June after a state police investigation into more than $9,600 that was reported missing from the Herkimer police evidence room. Village police eventually discovered an additional $6,200 was missing, which could have brought further charges in the case.
Risi then took an offer from Herkimer County Judge Patrick Kirk and pleaded guilty to felony third-degree grand larceny, agreeing to reimburse the village more than $15,800.
Risi was sentenced Jan. 21 to one to three years in state prison and admitted to having a gambling addiction. He has since reimbursed the village for the missing money.
Risi submitted his letter of intent to retire prior to the March 31 deadline for the 2009-10 fiscal year, village officials said. The exact date it was filed was unavailable.
DeSantis said Risi’s retirement took effect June 26.
Re-read it

AOL

#2 Feb 3, 2010
Flame away boys wrote:
A former Herkimer police investigator who pleaded guilty to gambling away more than $15,000 he stole from his department’s evidence room still will get retirement benefits.
The Herkimer Village Board voted Monday to pay Robert Risi, 42, a total of nearly $13,200 for accrued benefits from his 18 years on the force.
Risi also will receive annual state pension benefits of $29,497.68, which is based on years of service and salary, state Comptroller’s Office spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said.
Mayor Mark Ainsworth said the village is “obliged” to pay Risi because he entered a letter of intent for retirement prior to any charges being filed or his subsequent conviction.
“It’s the law,” Ainsworth said.
The money Risi is getting from the village is a combination of accrued sick time, vacation time and personal days, as well as longevity benefits and early retirement incentives, village officials said.
He was eligible for retirement after serving in law enforcement for 20 years, including 18 years with Herkimer and two with another department, Ainsworth said.
Risi was indicted in June after a state police investigation into more than $9,600 that was reported missing from the Herkimer police evidence room. Village police eventually discovered an additional $6,200 was missing, which could have brought further charges in the case.
Risi then took an offer from Herkimer County Judge Patrick Kirk and pleaded guilty to felony third-degree grand larceny, agreeing to reimburse the village more than $15,800.
Risi was sentenced Jan. 21 to one to three years in state prison and admitted to having a gambling addiction. He has since reimbursed the village for the missing money.
Risi submitted his letter of intent to retire prior to the March 31 deadline for the 2009-10 fiscal year, village officials said. The exact date it was filed was unavailable.
DeSantis said Risi’s retirement took effect June 26.
It's the law, just like it said. IT'S THE LAW!
mind boggling

Rockland, ME

#3 Feb 3, 2010
hypothetically if Mr. Risi lives until he is 82 and collects his $30,000.00 a year that is $1,200,000 out of the taxpayers pocket and then figure in how many other police officers will be collecting these pensions after a short 20 year stint as Herkimer's finest. the deficit? go ask Obama or Patterson. i am a chump who will be working until they take me out feet first but at least I am not a bureaucrat and at least i have my dignity
just show up

Rockland, ME

#4 Feb 3, 2010
a bureaucrat is an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.

Since: Dec 09

Mohawk

#5 Feb 3, 2010
This is all assuming Mr. Risi actually makes it out of jail alive.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#7 Feb 4, 2010
the biggest question in all this is, who is the douche that went to risi and said, "turn in your letter of intent to retire today, and we will wait and arrest you tomorrow". because you and i all know thats what happened. some one gave him a heads up before he was arrested, so that he wouldn't lose his retirement.
yeah boy

Fayetteville, NY

#9 Feb 4, 2010
the tax payers now have to pay a crook. guess we get screwed again
ZORRO

Whitesboro, NY

#10 Feb 4, 2010
When, does he go to jail?

“Fairfield”

Since: Aug 08

Fairfield

#11 Feb 4, 2010
calmn cents wrote:
the biggest question in all this is, who is the douche that went to risi and said, "turn in your letter of intent to retire today, and we will wait and arrest you tomorrow". because you and i all know thats what happened. some one gave him a heads up before he was arrested, so that he wouldn't lose his retirement.
Absolutely. His lawyer. Any good lawyer would have advised him to do that. I still wouldn't change places with Risi right now for a million dollars.
Think about it

AOL

#12 Feb 4, 2010
calmn cents wrote:
the biggest question in all this is, who is the douche that went to risi and said, "turn in your letter of intent to retire today, and we will wait and arrest you tomorrow". because you and i all know thats what happened. some one gave him a heads up before he was arrested, so that he wouldn't lose his retirement.
Why do you think George Aney gets the big cases and the big bucks.
Terry

Troy, NY

#13 Feb 4, 2010
Local paper today complained about negative comments on Topix, Give a bad cop 30k for the rest of his life, each year Thats why there is negative comments
System is messed up

Rochester, NY

#14 Feb 4, 2010
Someone needs to go to Village Board meeting and bring up a resolution to redo all public servant contracts - Police, Fire, Village employee, politicians, etc - if you are convicted of committing a crime while on the job, especially a felony and you get fired, or resign/retire - you forfeit all benefits and pension/retirement.

It should be like that for all jobs.
If Risi was working at some professional firm, and he was caught embezzling and later convicted and sentenced for it, you think he'd still get his unused benefits and a full retirement package?
Terry

Troy, NY

#15 Feb 4, 2010
How about Utica , didnt no village Police Chief test is not , as city test? The guy was still third , even though he had 2 extra days to review.
right on

AOL

#16 Feb 4, 2010
System is messed up wrote:
Someone needs to go to Village Board meeting and bring up a resolution to redo all public servant contracts - Police, Fire, Village employee, politicians, etc - if you are convicted of committing a crime while on the job, especially a felony and you get fired, or resign/retire - you forfeit all benefits and pension/retirement.
It should be like that for all jobs.
If Risi was working at some professional firm, and he was caught embezzling and later convicted and sentenced for it, you think he'd still get his unused benefits and a full retirement package?
Trudat
huh

Syracuse, NY

#17 Feb 5, 2010
puck risi he a pig does it surprise any body at how fucked up herkimer has become, take note children this just goes to show you, become a cop break the law and you'll still get your benefits. It the law to pay a cop who robs the force of what almost 13000 and even though he gets convicted of it he still gets his benefits, doesnt sound ight to me but take note kids follow in this guys footsteps and you'll still profit,,, puck Herkimer

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