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Best Misuse of Taxpayer Funds

Sheila Dixon’s pension

Mel Guapo

Best Use of Taxpayer Funds/Best Misuse of Taxpayer Funds: Sheila Dixon

There is a principle that, theoretically, still holds, that to collect one’s government pension one must provide “loyal and faithful” service. The wording is in the ordinance of nearly every Maryland subdivision; though lacking in Baltimore City, a judge has ruled that it is implied. That means that a public servant whose service is less than loyal and faithful—let alone steeped in criminal conduct—could be denied his or her pension benefits for cause. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, 56, guilty of embezzlement and perjury, is now collecting some $83,000 annually in pension benefits.

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