2 RI retirees hire lawyer to challenge legality of state board decision suspending pensions

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Two Rhode Island retirees have hired lawyers to challenge the due process in a state panel's decision to suspend their pensions.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) that the legal arguments claim the state Retirement Board violated due-process rights by suspending a pension for a former Cranston police officer without a hearing until it recouped alleged overpayments.

The board also is accused of disregarding a 1980 law revoking the state retirement board's power to adjust accidental disability pensions based on other earnings.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo last week cited $1 million she says was saved by reducing or suspending disability pensions of 16 former state and municipal workers who were overpaid. Raimondo is the Democratic candidate for governor in a race against Republican Allan Fung.

A spokeswoman for Raimondo would not comment.

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