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Pension Double-Dipper in Loomis Must Pay CalPERS Back

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A town councilor in California has been ordered to pay back more than $450,000 in pension benefits after a judge determined that he had violated state law.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System board ordered former Loomis Fire Chief David Wheeler to return the money.

An administrative law judge has issued a preliminary finding that Wheeler knowingly violated state law by receiving an annual $137,000 pension from CalPERS while also collecting $60,000 as a yearly salary from the fire district.

The pension was for his previous work as a firefighter in Alameda.

Attorneys for Wheeler and the district say they did not knowingly violate the law.

CalPERS officials called it a “five-year scheme” by Wheeler to defraud the system.

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