A published report says the former Madison County treasurer who pleaded guilty to rigging property tax auctions still draws his $90,000 annual pension. Fred Bathon pleaded guilty eight months ago to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so his political donors profited from inflated penalties paid by property owners. The 58-year-old has received more than $340,000 in pension benefits since his 2009 retirement. Kathy O'Brien of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund says state law says a pension is terminated at sentencing, not conviction. Bathon's attorney declined comment. Court records show Bathon's sentencing is Dec. 6. Republican state Rep. Dwight Kay has promised to file a bill proposing terminating a public official's state pension at a guilty plea.
Three others pleaded guilty in the scheme.
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