Traficant’s State Pension Will Be Garnished

Posted June 5, 2008 at 3:24pm

Former Ohio Rep. James Traficant’s state pension will be garnished $250 each month to pay outstanding federal fines under an order issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells.

Traficant is serving an eight-year prison term for bribery, fraud and racketeering after his 2002 conviction.

According to court documents, he was also fined $150,000, and as of April 4, he still owed 103,783.26, including $11,353.76 in interest payments.

The former Youngstown, Ohio, sheriff receives a monthly pension of $1,037.79 from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Traficant, first elected to Congress in 1984, was expelled from the House in 2002, and he failed to win back his seat in an independent bid later that same year.

— Jennifer Yachnin