Incentive Against Corruption
The latest instance of corruption and abuse of position in RI government gave me an idea for legislation:
The Rhode Island State Police have charged a Department of Administration employee with felony embezzlement for allegedly stealing cash from the agency.
The police said an investigation revealed that longtime state employee Patricia Pirolli, 59, of 15 Hill St., North Providence, on several occasions over the past year took unspecified amounts of money that had been collected as registration fees and fines by the department’s Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board.
In her role as chief implementation aide in the Division of Capital Projects and Property Management, Pirolli was responsible for processing the checks, cash and accompanying vouchers after they were collected by clerks.
The state police said once the money and paperwork were turned over to Pirolli she would remove the cash and alter the vouchers to reflect only check payments received for deposit. …
She has served in her position at the DOA for about four years.
Neal could not provide further details about her prior employment with the state, saying a computer system needed to access that information was unavailable.
So how about a law that would strip government officials and public employees of all claims to pensions if they’re convicted of corruption (which would have to be defined in the law)? It might sound draconian for “slipping up” after many years of honest service, but it takes consequences to counterbalance temptation.