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February 17, 2011

 

DiNapoli Statement On Hank Morris Sentencing

"Hank Morris has received a fitting sentence. Jail time should help serve as a deterrent for anyone looking to rip off the state pension fund.

"Since taking office, I've worked hard to restore faith in the Office of the State Comptroller after the abuses of the Hevesi administration. I banned placement agents so that corrupt middlemen could never again run the type of pay-to-play scheme that Mr. Morris did. We must ensure that the pension fund is protected against this kind of criminal behavior.

"Last month, I proposed a bill that would strip convicted former public officials of their pensions. Public officials who commit a felony related to their duties shouldn't be rewarded. There are better ways to spend New York's tax dollars than to support retired felons who ripped off the public."

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