No Pension For Ex-Paterson Mayor Martin Barnes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials have told a former New Jersey mayor who pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud charges that he’s not entitled to his pension.

Former Paterson Mayor Martin Barnes would have received about $1,200 a month.

Treasury Department spokesman Bill Quinn told The Record newspaper Barnes told a state review board on Wednesday that he had done good for Paterson during his career.

The city’s first black mayor was released in 2006 after serving a 32-month sentence in federal prison.

Barnes pleaded guilty in 2002 to charges stemming from an indictment that accused Barnes of accepting $200,000 in gifts from contractors who did business with the city. Prosecutors said the gifts included expensive clothes, a swimming pool and overseas trips.

Barnes could appeal the pension ruling.

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  1. Michael Carpenter says:

    If he paid his debt to society and paid into his pension, the man has the right to the benefit.

  2. Godfather pizza bro says:

    Another black thief

  3. bullett says:

    His pension is small compared to the “do nothings” on municipal pensions. Now go after the Double Dippers!

  4. Esmerelda says:

    .This seems punitive, its a paltry sum anyway.
    He should get ihs pension, he paid into it.
    He went to prison and paid his debt, give the man his money
    and leave him alone.

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