Pensions Can Be Used To Pay Crime Victims: Court

Law360, New York (February 23, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a case involving a former Nestle Food Co. employee who stole around $3.3 million in equipment from the company, an appeals court has ruled that the government has the power to take money out of a defendant’s retirement fund to cover the cost of reimbursing the victim for the crime done.

The case, decided by a 10 to 5 majority, looked at whether the benefits provided under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act are included in the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996.

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