Ex-Ala. Chancellor to Keep $132K Pension in Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's former two-year college chancellor, Roy Johnson, will be drawing a state pension while serving 6½ years in federal prison for job-related corruption.

Johnson worked about 20 years in state education before getting fired in 2006.

He pleaded guilty in 2008 and will begin serving his sentence Dec. 28.

Johnson has been drawing a $132,000 annual state pension. The director of benefits for the Retirement Systems of Alabama, Don Yancey, told The Birmingham News that a criminal conviction does not eliminate a person's eligibility for a pension they've earned.

Seven other former education employees who were convicted or pleaded guilty in the two-year college probe are also getting pensions.

They include $27,060 annually for former Rep. Bryant Melton of Tuscaloosa and $12,384 for former Rep. Sue Schmitz of Toney.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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