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Convicted Ex-Mayor Of Temple City Can Keep Pension, Medical Coverage

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TEMPLE CITY (AP) — Former Temple City Mayor Cathe Wilson will continue to receive pension checks even though she was convicted of perjury and bribery and was sentenced in June to four years in state prison.

California Public Employees’ Retirement System spokesman Bob Burton told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that Wilson was elected to the Temple City council about 10 months before a state law took effect that would have cost her the pension.

Burton says the state law strips pension benefits from elected officials who are convicted of felonies, but it only applies to those who were last elected to office after Jan. 1, 2006.

So, she will continue receiving $296 a month plus medical coverage.

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