Convicted commissioner wants her pension

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – She admittedly stole thousands of taxpayer dollars, and now she's hitting them up for more money.

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has applied to get her full pension from the county – and has been approved.

"It's outrageous," said Restore DeKalb member Joel Edwards. "It just doesn't make any sense at all."

Edwards says the county watchdog group is needed now more than ever.

"It's disbelief," he said. "They can't believe it."

Edwards and other members of the group are outraged to learn that after Boyer admitted to stealing money from the county, she's now asking for more of it in the form of a pension.

"A lot of people have come to me and voiced their concerns about the elected leaders in this county in disbelief," Edwards said.

In early September, Boyer told a judge she stole roughly $90,000 from DeKalb taxpayers. But just a few weeks after her conviction, Boyer submitted a form to the county requesting that she be paid her pension, which amounts to $23,000 a year.

Under state law, convicted officials can be forced to hand over part of their pension as restitution, but Boyer's crimes are not on that list, the county pension board chair says.

Mail fraud and wire fraud, federal crimes to which Boyer pleaded guilty are not crimes listed in the Georgia law. The DeKalb County Pension Board has approved Boyer's full pension benefit in accordance with federal and state law.

Edwards says the law should be rewritten and as for Boyer's pension --

"I think the money should go back to taxpayers," he said.

Boyer could be seeing a pension check as soon as next month. Her sentencing is scheduled for December 3.

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