Saturday, September 03, 2016

Florida man alleged to have stolen retirement benefit checks issued to deceased brother


Selected reports issued by the Office of the State Comptroller during the week ending September 3, 2016 
Source: Office of the State Comptroller



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Floridaman alleged to have stolen retirement benefit checks issued to deceased brother
N.B. These charges are accusations and the individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Robert J. Schusteritsch, 71, of Florida, with the crimes of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, and Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, in Albany County Court. Schusteritsch is alleged to have stolen over $180,000 in pension benefits issued by the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System to his deceased brother, Martin Petschauer, between July 2008 and September 2015.

Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse.  Individuals can report allegations of fraud involving public funds by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by transmitting an e-mail to investigations@osc.state.ny.us, by filing a complaint online athttp://osc.state.ny.us/investigations/complaintform2.htm or by mailing a complaint to Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.


Employer contribution rates to remain almost unchanged for Fiscal 2017-2018

Employer contribution rates for the New York State and Local Retirement System expected to be slightly less in Fiscal Year 2017-18 compared to Fiscal Year 2016-17.

The average contribution rate for the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) will decrease from 15.5 percent of payroll to 15.3 percent of payroll. The average contribution rate for the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) will increase to 24.4 percent from 24.3 percent of payroll.

Employer rates are determined based on actuarial assumptions recommended by the Retirement System's Actuary and approved by DiNapoli.

A copy of the Actuary's report can be found here.


Handbooks focusing on State and Municipal Public Personnel Law continue to be available for purchase via the links provided below:

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Challenging Adverse Personnel Decisions at http://nypplarchives.blogspot.com

The Disability Benefits E-book: at http://section207.blogspot.com/

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