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Magaziner, Retirement Board Move to Revoke Pension of Employee Accused of Stealing Veterans’ Graves
WARWICK, RI – The state Retirement Board took action Wednesday to revoke the pension of a former public employee who admitted to stealing grave markers at the state’s veteran cemetery.
Voting unanimously at Treasurer Magaziner’s recommendation, the board moved to petition the Rhode Island Superior Court to revoke the pension of Kevin Maynard, who pleaded guilty in July to stealing at least 150 grave markers and other items at the veteran cemetery in Exeter.
“We are moving swiftly to protect the integrity of the state retirement system,” said General Treasure Seth Magaziner, who oversees the Retirement Board. “Those who abuse the public trust erode faith in our government and do a great disservice to the vast majority of state employees who serve honorably.”
Federal investigators and state police who visited Maynard’s Charlestown home in April discovered he had lined the floor of his shed and two garages with more than 100 grave markers taken from the veteran cemetery where he worked. Maynard was employed for almost nine years at the state division of Veterans Affairs.
Today’s vote by the Retirement Board marks its second action since Treasurer Magaziner has taken office to revoke the pension of a state employee charged with criminal conduct. In March, the Retirement Board voted unanimously to petition the Superior Court to revoke the pension of former House Majority Leader Gerard Martineau for his role in a public corruption scheme.
(release from General Treasurer's Office)