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Only in New Jersey: LT. GOV. GUADAGNO & THE $170,000 STATE PENSION FUND SCAM

Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

Posted on October 19, 2010

False statements by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno enabled a police official to improperly receive $170,000 from a state pension fund, according to a New Jersey Watchdog investigation.

As Monmouth County Sheriff, Guadagno helped Chief Michael W. Donovan Jr. circumvent pension rules to collect more than $85,000 a year in retirement pay while drawing an annual salary of $87,500

Guadagno hired Donovan as “Sheriff’s Chief” in September 2008.  In a memo to her staff, the future lieutenant governor announced Donovan was replacing John Cerrato as Chief.  Donovan was a retired investigator who had worked for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

As the new Chief, Donovan should have re-enrolled in the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System.  Under state law – N.J.S.A. 43:16A-15.3 – retirement benefits should have stopped with his employment. 

Instead, Guadagno deceived county officials, the press and the public about Donovan’s job title.

In a news release, Guadagno announced the hiring of Donovan as “Chief Warrant Officer,” a different position that’s exempt from PFRS and its rules.  In addition, the Sheriff’s Office informed county payroll officials that Donovan was hired as Chief Warrant Officer

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