State Law Allows “Ghost” Worker To Collect Pension

Law360, New York (August 29, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A former Chicago city worker who for years led a double life as an attorney has been capitalizing on a loophole in Illinois state law to cash in more than $32,000 a year in pension funds for work he never performed.

Joseph Mattes, a former employee in the Chicago city clerk’s office, was named in the 1992 federal indictment of former city clerk Walter Kozubowski, who stood accused of shelling out nearly half a million dollars to five ghost payrollers who donated money to his political...
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