According to a New
York Times article
week, hundreds of lawyers in New York State who have done consulting
work for local school districts allowed themselves to be listed as
part-time employees and allowed themselves to be enrolled in the school
districts' pension systems. According to an article
in the New York Law Journal
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that the pension deals were also
used by special districts, towns, and villages. Not only lawyers were
involved in this, but "predominately lawyers."
Allowing yourself to be placed on a payroll and/or given a pension when
you have not been an employee is fraudulent. It is illegal, and who
would know this more than lawyers with municipal practices?
It is also unethical, a form of using one's position to obtain special
consideration. However, in this case, it was done not by government
officials, but by government consultants.
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