Retirees who owed NH $500k settle, but state withholds details
John Egan, who retired as a Meredith police officer in 2001 and is now community services coordinator for Belknap County, had been ordered to repay an estimated $284,248 to the retirement system, according to a Jan. 29, 2010 NHRS notice sent to him.
It is also not known whether Brian Loanes, who retired in 2001 and now works as the director of the Belknap County's Restorative Justice Program, had to repay any on the $248,505 he was told he owed the retirement system.
The New Hampshire Sunday News obtained 2010 notices sent to them and several other retirees last year after filing a right-to-know request seeking the names and amounts in recoupment cases involving more than $5,000 for the previous five years.
Representing the New Hampshire Union Leader, Sullivan successfully argued to the state Supreme Court that the public has a right to know the names of people who receive public pensions and the amount of their benefits. NHRS has been releasing that information since 2011.
"The public has a right to know what happened in these cases."
Hampstead Fire Chief Michael Carrier, who retired from Londonderry's fire department after 27 years of service, had been asked to repay $78,403. Carrier's case is still pending before the state Supreme Court, Karlon said.
Two other retirees who owed less than $20,000 each settled their cases by repaying the retirement system, Karlon said.
Since Group II retirees are made up mostly of police, firefighters and corrections officers, they may be more likely to seek employment after retiring because they can retire at age 45 after 20 years.
There have been no major recoupment cases since May 2012 when the Sunday News sought information on them.
It is possible that the enactment of the 32-hours-per week definition of part time for NHRS retirees working for NHRS employers in 2011 has raised awareness of post-retirement employment issues among employers and retirees, Karlon said.
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